The Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew is shown in this undated handout photo provided by the City of Prescott
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Report into lethal Arizona fire identifies radio problems

An investigation into the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona on 30 June has found that inadequate communication played a role in their fate.

The dead men, members of an elite unit called the Granite Mountain Hotshots, were killed as they battled a wildfire near the town of Yarnell.

The report authors describe radio communications as "challenging throughout the incident".

Alastair Leithead reports.

  • 29 Sep 2013
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