In this handout photo provided by the Arizona State Forestry Division, the Yarnell Hill fire burns in this view from Highway I-17 June 29, 2013 near the town of Yarnell, Arizona, about 80 miles (128 km) northwest of Phoenix. Nineteen firefighters died battling a fast-moving wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona on June 30. (credit: Arizona State Forestry Division via Getty Images)

Radio Problems Cited In Deaths Of 19 Firefighters In Ariz.

An investigation into the June deaths of 19 firefighters killed while battling an Arizona blaze has found improperly programmed radios, vague updates, and a 30 minute communication blackout just before the flames engulfed the men.


19 firefighters died on June 30 battling a blaze in Arizona. (credit: kpho.com)

Families Of AZ Firefighters Await Report On Deaths

Not a day goes by that Colleen Turbyfill doesn’t think of her son, his death as real and raw now as it was three months ago when the former Marine and 18 of his colleagues died battling a lightning-sparked wildfire in Arizona.

CBS2 / KCAL9–09/27/2013