Posted: Sep 29, 2013 4:59 PM by MTN News
A new report released Saturday sheds light on how 19 elite firefighters died in the Arizona Yarnell Fire late June, including Montana-native Dustin Deford.
The "Arizona State Forestry Division" led a three-month investigation into the deaths of the firefighters.
It found all guidelines were followed, but improperly programmed radios, vague updates, and a 30-minute communication blackout contributed to the loss of 19 lives.
The Yarnell Fire destroyed more than 100 homes and burned 13 square miles before it was fully contained on July 10th.
No other wildfire had claimed the lives of more firefighters in 80 years and it was the deadliest single day for fire crews since the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001.
To read the full report, click here.