As the Goodwin Fire burns, Prescott and Yarnell remember another June – Arizona News

As the Goodwin Fire burns, Prescott and Yarnell remember another June – Arizona News

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ACE crew leader Bryan Wright and Brian Rothlisberger of the Florence Wildland Fire Crew discuss how the new Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park came to be. Mark Henle/azcentral.com

Nineteen times, the silver bell rang. It was a hot summer day in Prescott Valley, at a ceremony to honor the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died 10 days earlier fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire. The bell rang as the names of the firefighters were read in a crowded arena, and the silence between each weighed heavier than the last.

Four years later, the ceremonies are becoming quieter and more private, but the bells still ring, the fires still burn and the memories are still raw.

Yarnell residents said this week they could see the smoke of the Goodwin Fire, burning south of Prescott, as they prepared…

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