Thursday, May 22
(Oak Creek, AZ) -- The U.S. Forest Service says at least 20 elite Hotshot crews will help fight the Slide Fire near Sedona, Arizona. Officials announced late yesterday that 15 or more Hotshot crews are on their way to join the five Hotshot teams already laboring on the blaze, burning about two hours north of Phoenix. Nineteen members of the Prescott-based Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew died last June fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, about 75 miles away. It was the largest loss of firefighters' lives since the 9-11 terrorist attacks.