Kyle Dickman, an Outside magazine writer and former hotshot firefighter, explains the forces at work that turned Sunday’s fire in Arizona into a ferocious and uncontrollable blaze that left 19 elite firefighters dead.
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There's there's two factors that were present in this fire -- into the and did that are often present in fatality fires and that's that it was burning in chaparral which have very light and flashy fuel burned quickly. And then also the presence of the thunderstorms and there was a thunderstorm moving toward the southwest and it was finally winds of forty to fifty miles per hour down skiing and and at that -- hand the fire and it's sort of pick up it's a good bellows and in the fire the fire blew up that much that's for partly to. So -- there are between person teams in -- and taking the -- fire fighters at their job is to travel around the country and inmates most destructive places and sort of the hardest parts of the fired. Turkey sparked the fire to try to. A firefight consider it comes down to the guys in the -- And the guys in the front -- much I came in contact. After working for four years and an engine crew. And our -- national forests and I've been working with these rather hot shots and they've been telling me stories about you know how about how much I've been in this sort of -- -- like the one -- live insisted they graduating college. I went out parents and join the crew of firefighters died in the line every year. It's it's. Economic acceptable part of the business but it is a part of the business and I got a text message about it -- looked out my phone and it just you know he just sort of shake your head and. This had known known known now.