How we got here and why is it that we should speak up?
LeRoy Anderson, Ed. D.; Joy A. Collura; and contributing authors
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Figure 1. PDF document download of Dr. LeRoy Anderson's autobiographical information. Source: LeRoy Anderson, Ed. D
This post is to reveal the PDFs, JPEGs, videos and photos of Dr. LeRoy Anderson that highlight that TRUTH MATTERS! Dr. Anderson now adds a number of articles, letters, Government records, emails, and more related to the Yarnell Hill Fire (YH Fire). This shared material in this post and YouTube videos are the ownership of Dr. Anderson and shared on my site because it has a lot of important areas that hold credibility and value for, among other things, "Lessons Learned" for the general Wildland Fire Community. He always believed that the ones with knowledge about that fire would have done the right thing by now and come forward; but so far they haven't. So here we are now. Thank you Dr. Anderson for restoring my "Hope" and "Faith" in humanity.
Dr. Anderson and many others within the Yarnell FD (YFD) and the community of Yarnell have good reason to feel angry and displeased with the way the YFD, some on the YFD Fire Board, dealt with their YFD administrative and personnel issues, and the entire YH Fire debacle regarding both the Government's (mis)handling of it and the YFD participation in it and the disheartening aftermath.
It all began on June 28, 2013, when Dr. Anderson was traveling home and he spotted a small wildfire on a ridgetop of the Weaver Mountains. He went home first and then to the YFD fully dressed to work the fire. He readied the Fire Engine and prepared to go to the YH Fire / YHF with another YFD FF. A photo of the Fire Engine 401 (E-41) is shown below in Figure 3. However, they were unexpectedly "stood down" and told not to respond. He writes about this very contentious and vexing issue in several of his letters posted below.
Please note that all of Dr. LeRoy Anderson's posts are in the form of PDF downloads that take up a lot of length space and I have done my best to edit them for uniformity.
Below are some of the scanned images and narrative from the Channel 5 Investigates news story that was REMOVED from the Internet sometime after it ran. Is this evidence of a calculated attempt to manipulate the media and the truth and mess with our First Amendment rights of free speech and a free press? Is that what has been occurring with what the YH Fire Serious Accident Investigation Team (SAIT) and the many Public (Dis)information Officers assigned to or attached to the YH Fire are doing with their "Talking Points" while "managing the information to fit their preconceived conclusions(s)?" It sure seems that way. Consider this image below.
Figure 1a. Image intent goes without saying and complements Figure 5 "Rage against censorship" article below. Source: Ninth Circuit Crystal Cox Appeal blog (Crystal L. Cox)
Figure 2. Channel 5 News Investigates article featuring (former) Yarnell FD firefighter Dr. Anderson titled: "Firefighter: We could have put Yarnell Hill Fire on day one." This Channel 5 Investigates news network program was long ago removed from the Internet; posted: February 26, 2014 at 8:20 PM Updated: February 27, 2014 at 7:20 AM by Morgan Loew. Source: Channel 5 Investigative News, LeRoy Anderson, Ed. D.
The link for above article 'Channel 5 Investigates" news network program titled: "Firefighter: We could have put Yarnell Hill Fire on day one" was removed from the Internet shortly after it first ran in a series. Investigator Reporter Morgan Loew comes from a ranching family growing up in Tucson and was proud to pursue this news exclusive with us, the two YH Fire eyewitnesses, Joy A. Collura and Tex "Sonny" Gilligan. Loew spent a lot of time with us doing a proper interview over several days; much better than the SAIT. Then the news story was dropped like a scalding hot potato from the network. I even asked for the originals. ( https://www.kpho.com/story/24835120/firefighter-we-could-have-put-out-yarnell-ill-fire-day-one ) This link will verify that it has been removed.
Figure 2a. Photo taken 8/21/13 of Tex Harold Eldon Gilligan (Sonny), Morgan Loew, and Joy A. Collura at the Yarnell Diner - August 2013 interview Source: Joy A. Collura's interview photo/Channel 5 Investigative News
Figure 2b. Channel 5 Investigative News Reporter Morgan Loew / Videographer Patrick took a re-enactment hike of the Yarnell Hill Fire with Eyewitnesses Tex Gilligan and Joy A. Collura's path off the Weavers during the late afternoon of June 30, 2013. Coincidentally, part of our hike is now the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park Trail. Source: Joy A. Collura's interview photo
Coincidentally? Arizona Forestry/State Park may have thought they originated the design of this trail. However, all along all it was part of God's plan. I did a public records request asking for design records and anything pertaining to this park yet they never fulfilled that request.
Figure 2c. Channel 5 Investigative News Reporter Morgan Loew/Videographer Patrick took a re-enactment hike of the Yarnell Hill Fire with Eyewitnesses Tex Gilligan and Joy A. Collura's path off the Weavers during the late afternoon of June 30, 2013. Coincidentally, part of our hike is now the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park Trail. Source: Joy A. Collura's interview photo
Figure 2d. Channel 5 Investigative News Reporter Morgan Loew/Videographer Patrick took a re-enactment hike of the Yarnell Hill Fire with Eyewitnesses Tex Gilligan and Joy A. Collura's path off the Weavers during the late afternoon of June 30, 2013. Coincidentally, part of our hike is now the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park Trail. Source: Joy A. Collura's interview photo
Figure 2e. Channel 5 Investigative News Reporter Morgan Loew/Videographer Patrick took a re-enactment hike of the Yarnell Hill Fire with Eyewitnesses Tex Gilligan and Joy A. Collura's path off the Weavers during the late afternoon of June 30, 2013. Coincidentally, part of our hike is now the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park Trail. Source: Joy A. Collura's interview photo
Figure 2f. Channel 5 Investigative News Reporter Morgan Loew/Videographer Patrick took a re-enactment hike of the Yarnell Hill Fire with Eyewitnesses Tex Gilligan and Joy A. Collura's path off the Weavers during the late afternoon of June 30, 2013. Coincidentally, part of our hike is now the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park Trail. Source: Joy A. Collura's interview photo
Figure 2g. Channel 5 Investigative News Reporter Morgan Loew/Videographer Patrick took a re-enactment hike of the Yarnell Hill Fire with Eyewitnesses Tex Gilligan and Joy A. Collura's path off the Weavers during the late afternoon of June 30, 2013. Coincidentally, part of our hike is now the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park Trail. Source: Joy A. Collura's interview photo
Figure 2h. Channel 5 Investigative News Reporter Morgan Loew/Videographer Patrick took a re-enactment hike of the Yarnell Hill Fire with Eyewitnesses Tex Gilligan and Joy A. Collura's path off the Weavers during the late afternoon of June 30, 2013. Coincidentally, part of our hike is now the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park Trail. Source: Joy A. Collura's interview photo
Figure 2i. Channel 5 Investigative News Reporter Morgan Loew/Videographer Patrick took a re-enactment hike of the Yarnell Hill Fire with Eyewitnesses Tex Gilligan and Joy A. Collura's path off the Weavers during the late afternoon of June 30, 2013. Coincidentally, part of our hike is now the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park Trail. Source: Joy A. Collura's interview photo
Consider now, the email thread between CBS and the Yarnell Hill Fire Eyewitnesses/Hikers seeking our contact information to go over June 30, 2013 and not only what we saw but our entire account as well.
Figure 2j. Source: Gmail email
Figure 2k. Source: Gmail email
However, he stated that he would email us copies of the footage yet there was always some kind of an excuse for why it was unavailable - the best one was that "they" had moved all the "digital" storage. (Maybe the merger between Channel 3 and Channel 5 had something to do with this). How do you move "digital" storage to another location and then it's no longer available to email me? I felt Morgan Loew's sincerity and felt it was an upper authority decision to not release the footage to me. What was that all about? Would any of you out there get me these copies?
Where did this news video go and why are myself and others not allowed to view and listen to these copies?
I also posted about the Channel 5 Investigative news show in a comment link within a Wildfire Today (WFT) article on February 18, 2014, titled: "Leader of Yarnell Hill Fire investigation says one firefighter should be able to attack a fire — alone." ( http://wildfiretoday.com/2014/02/18/leader-of-yarnell-hill-fire-investigation-says-one-firefighter-should-be-able-to-attack-a-fire/ ) where I posted a comment on February 27, 2014 at 3:46 pm:"Coming from the eye-witness folks not just us the hikers but many from that weekend—Bill Gabbert stated it correctly above - "That was not a disrespect what Bill stated - the DISRESPECT is the SAIR and the DISSERVICE they did for the fallen 19, prior fatalities, and that Yarnell community that was affected by that weekend. That is where the DISRESPECT lays. There is more to unfold in 2014. You will see more people coming forward on [sic] their time. Some are [sic] have their personal things going on right now or in [sic] the hospital, etc.""Sorry Bill that a person jumped the gun and felt you were wrong to state that yet there is a whole firefighter / smokejumper community and common folk community that support that statement.
As for me, I do not know if the word “idiot” is the word I would use (seems negative) but indeed this man did a huge disservice when he stood behind that report firmly. I was there through that [weekend-turned-tragic] and I can tell you last night when we were at the cowboy campfire making some cowboy coffee for Tex I looked Up and asked Him have I missed anything- give me a sign if I am doing good for the GMHS and in the flames popped out 3-D like; “19”…you had to be there but I posted it here the photo for my folks. ( http://www.zazzle.com/god_is_real_19_remembered_post_card-239396675381173612 )." You will really have to use your imagination to see the actual "19" in the flames since you weren't there that night.
"It made me see how very real this tragedy IS and that we all need to step up and share our accounts of that weekend to properly assess that weekend. I stand behind the truth.""Anyone who is photo savvy can again see my photo is in “raw” format on that link—no edit or crops like you see out there. So to SEE “19” pop out in 3-D in the fire was for sure telling me I am on the right path to continue to seek the facts and truth. Ok, Bill - what is the definition of idiot anyways? ( http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/idiot ) I can agree to the informal way but not the psychology definition term. Yet foolish? Sure.
( http://www.kpho.com/story/24835120/firefighter-we-could-have-put-out-yarnell-hill-fire-on-day-one#.Uw-fR3Zg-iM.email ) Now consider some select excerpts from the "Firefighter: We could have put out Yarnell Hill Fire on Day One" article, cut-and-pasted from the Channel 5 CBS article link directly above, that came from a link within my Wildfire Today comment."Firefighter: We could have put out Yarnell Hill Fire on Day One (Posted: Feb 26, 2014 8:20 PM Updated: Feb 25, 2015 8:05 PM) by Morgan Loew - PHOENIX (CBS5)"
"A former Yarnell volunteer firefighter said it was possible to put out the deadliest wildfire in more than three decades, when it was still just a wisp of smoke. Meantime, CBS 5 Investigates found state dispatchers failed to call in some of the closest firefighters and equipment. (emphasis added)"'We could have driven up part of the way and walked the rest of the way with shovels and a bucket of water in our hands,' said LeRoy Anderson, who was a volunteer firefighter with the Yarnell Fire Department on June 28. ... (emphasis added)
"'The fire, for basically the whole night, was the size of a Buick. It wasn't very big at all,' said Anderson.(emphasis added)"Anderson told CBS 5 Investigates he did not see an urgency to put out the flames, on the part of the Yarnell Fire Department. (emphasis added)
"'There were convenient reasons not to go. Let's put it that way,' said Anderson." (Dr. Anderson put this apparent contradiction into context for me. He said this tongue-in-cheek basically referring to the YFD FF's apparent unwillingness to hike up to the fire because the YFD non-4-WD vehicle they took to the fire was far too big to manage the rough roads up there. (emphasis added) See photo in Figure 3 below.
Figure 3. Photo of YFD Engine 401 (E-41) taken to initial attack the YH Fire on June 28, 2013 on rough 4-WD roads. Source: LeRoy Anderson, Ed. D.
Continuing on with the article: "Yarnell Fire Chief Ben Palm told CBS 5 News his department called the state Forestry Division to take care of the fire because it was on state land, located two miles outside the town of Yarnell and his department simply did not have the resources to handle a the job at that time. (emphasis added)
"State forestry dispatch records show crews were called in from Yuma and the Phoenix area to attack the fire the following morning. But one of the incident reports indicate delays occurred when crews did not know the best way to reach the fire, which was burning on top of the Weaver Mountains .(emphasis added)"
"A spokesperson for the Arizona Forestry Division declined a request for an interview, but issued the following statement: Arizona State Forestry uses agency, fire department, and federal agency resources for initial attack response. The closest available fire department is our most common dispatch to initial fire reports."
"For extended attack fires on state jurisdiction, we use a mix of agency, fire department, contractor, and federal resources. We maintain a rotation to equitably utilize contractor and fire department resources for extended attack fires. But the contractors who reached out to CBS 5 Investigate say they believe the state chooses to use equipment from municipal and rural fire departments because those departments benefit from the reimbursements for service." (emphasis added)
Speaking specifically of the YFD (in)ations on the YH Fire, consider now YFD Firefighter Dr. Leroy Anderson's poignant letter below in Figure 4 below titled: "We could have done more......." addressed to the many Yarnell, AZ residents that were impacted by the YH Fire tragedy to rally to the cause, stand together, and counteract the intentional deception and outright fraud that they were subjected.
Dr. Anderson emphatically writes: "IT IS THE FACT THAT THERE HAS BEEN A COVER-UP OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE - FROM THE START OF THE FIRE RIGHT UP TO THE FINISH." (capitalized emphasis in original and bold and underline are added)
"MY ANGER IS KINDLED each time I see or hear those in authority speak of their accomplishments, of their goals - and ignore the burning issues." (capitalized emphasis in original and bold is added)
"FROM THE GRAVE I hear the 19 men cry out for justice. for truth and for reform that others will not suffer their fate. It seems that the unjust know no shame in these matters. Woe to the leaders who hide the real facts, woe to those who seek to cover up the truth and sidetrack those seeking it." (capitalized emphasis in original and bold and underline added)
"Those deceiving our community are contemptible, they have been partial in their presentations, in their publishing’s, and in their efforts to shape public focus and promote only sanctioned thought. I pray to the God of judgment to clean our community of anyone who deceitfully and wickedly prevents public—360 degree—knowledge of what happened here, why it happened and the steps needed to correct deficiencies within our community structure, training, and preparations. It is our responsibility to discern between right and wrong, between truth and fiction—we must do our duty here." (all emphasis added)
In a word, this man is incensed with what has happened and continued to mince no words of what occurred, including the apparent apathy and resignation entrenched within his community. Rightfully so, he speaks firmly and with authority.
Figure 4. Dr. Leroy Anderson letter tilted: "We could have done more......." in a resounding letter to the Yarnell. AZ community and the Yarnell Recovery Group to do the right thing and seek the truth. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Figure 5. Letter (redacted of personal information) from Dr. LeRoy Anderson titled: "A rage against censorship " with the subtitle: "The 'recourse' mechanism does not exist in the Yarnell Fire Department" explaining that there was no "recourse" within the YFD. YFD Fire Board members - Richard Mayer (Left), Carole Ryan (Left rear), Arlon Rice (Center.), Kevin O'Donnell (Right rear), Francis Lechner (Middle right), and Chief Ben Palm (Far right). Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D.
Figure 6. Letter (July 28, 2013) from Dr. Leroy Anderson to the Yarnell Fire Board members concerning the YH Fire and twenty questions he wants answered about the Yarnell FD's (non)involvement. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D.
Figure 7.. Dr. Leroy Anderson letter (July 30, 2013) to the Yarnell Fire Board questioning Yarnell FD (in)actions and Yarnell Fire District Bylaws,' Fire Board responsibilities, and recommendations for accountability. And, of course, looking for some answers. Source: Leroy Anderson Ed. D.
Figure 8. This vacant bank building was unethically purchased by the YFD Fire Board using Yarnell Hill Recovery Group monies to be used as a YFD administrative building. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Figure 9. Dr. Anderson letter (August 1, 2013) to the Yarnell Fire Board promoting the findings in the Pacific Biodiversity Institute published report about the YH Fire, future mitigations against wildland fire, seeking accountability, and answers after the YH Fire. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Below is the Pacific Biodiversity Institute (PBI) paper referred to by Dr. LeRoy Anderson above in Figure 7 titled: "ANALYSIS AND COMMENTS ON THE YARNELL HILL FIRE IN ARIZONA AND THE CURRENT FIRE SITUATION IN THE UNITED STATES." Source: July 2013 Peter H. Morrison and George Wooten - Pacific Biodiversity Institute P.O. Box 298 Winthrop, Washington 98862 509-996-2490 firstname.lastname@example.org. The paper is available in the link here. ( http://www.pacificbio.org/initiatives/fire/THE%20YARNELL%20HILL%20FIRE%20AND%20THE%20NEED%20FOR%20FIRE%20ADAPTED%20COMMUNITIES2013july17.pdf )
In my view, the PBI authors unambiguously concluded on page 5: "The fact that the Yarnell Hill Fire grew out of control was predictable. The interior chaparral shrublands that it burned through are notorious for high intensity wildfire. There was extreme fire weather during the fire coupled with very dry vegetation as a result of long-term drought, high temperatures, intense sunshine and persistent winds. Unfortunately, it appears that insufficient attention was placed on the critical warning signals of extreme fire weather and fuel conditions, leading to an unfortunate loss of lives" (emphasis added)
This conclusion is tragically the same message that I hear from many experienced WFs.
Figure 10. Yarnell Fire District Board of Directors Meeting - Chief's Report - Jim Koile, Fire Chief - July 15, 2013; regarding the YH Fire with yellow highlighted and bracketed comments from Dr. Anderson critical of the Yarnell FD concerning YH Fire initial attack alleged "stand down," YFD administration, operations, finances, and (in)actions on the YH Fire; 12 pages. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D., some were from Cliff Dupuy, and possibly from former YFD Fire Chief Peter Andersen
Figure 10a. Video of former YFD Fire Chief Peter Andersen (recently deceased) talks about the town of Yarnell building an "escape route" for a "burn out," and he alludes to and then is bewildered by the GMHS decision to walk into a "box canyon" ('might as well be standing in a fireplace'), seriously questions the SAIT's investigation and their intentions ('if you are not here to point fingers then what are you here for?') This video is of Pete's of his experiences and observations on the YH Fire. Interview on October 8, 2013 Source: InvestigativeMEDIA John Dougherty.
Consider now the WildCAD system and a brief summary is in order to prepare you for what is to follow, including some of the more common entries and details listed in the one below in Figure 11. First off, it stands for the Wildland Fire Computer Aided Dispatch (WildCAD) system developed by Bighorn Information Systems for wildland fire agencies. WildCAD is targeted for Emergency Communications Centers of all sizes. It is the most commonly used Dispatch System in the wildland fire community. Agencies and Dispatch Centers purchase licenses for use and it is a contract managed by the Forest Service. Here is the WildWeb link. ( http://www.wildcad.net/WildCADWeb.asp ) Your typical search method using "Ctrl-F" will not work in any of Dr. Anderson PDF documents, so you will have to skim, scroll, and/or read each one line by line.
The "Entry Date / Time" should be both intuitive and obvious with the "From" and "To" as well. The "Details" section describes the who, what, when, where, and why, and how of what is happening, needed, etc. Here are some common abbreviations that you will notice: PIFC is Phoenix Interagency Fire Center; PDC is Prescott Interagency Dispatch Center; SWCC is Southwest Coordination Center; PRC is Prescott Fire Department; IA Dispatch is an Initial Attack Dispatcher; PMB is the Federal Office of Policy Management and Budget dealing with fiscal matters; NWS is the National Weather Service; CON is an abbreviation for Congress; all initials and/or first and last names in the "To" and "From" are dispatchers, etc.; Russ is Type 4 IC Russ Shumate; Rory is Air Attack Rory Collins; LOG is Logistics Dispatcher; E1660 is Engine 1660; T-413 is Air Tanker (Tanker) 413; SEAT is a Single Engine Air Tanker; YRN is Yarnell abbreviation; Downey is the AZSF 'Penny Pincher' Jim Downey that I feel is one of the key ones responsible for the feckless initial and extended attack on the YH Fire allowing it to gain needless momentum. He was probably tying his boots for too long to realize the Buick sized fire was now the size of the entire Buick car lot; YCSO is Yavapai County Sheriff Office; ATGS is Air Attack Group Supervisor (Air Attack); IC is Incident Commander; and CAWRT is Central AZ Wildfire Response Team, a consortium of over 20 local fire agencies in central Arizona that participate in state and nationwide wildland fire responses; cooperators with the Arizona State Forestry Division and work in the Region 3 Southwest Geographic area. Any others are yours to GTS. Google that one.
Figure 11. WildCAD Incident Card - AZ Dispatch Center: AZ-A1S 2013-688 "YARNELL HILL" Wildfire - 06/28/2013 17:36:00 - Area ADZ223 (ADC 223) 19 pages, printed July 7, 2013, subjoined to Yarnell Fire Board Chief's report in Figure 8 above. Lists FFs & WFs actions taken, contacts made, observed fire weather and fire behavior, resources assigned, etc. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Figure 12. Dr. Anderson letter to Yarnell Fire Board regarding Pacific Institute of Biodiversity report on Yarnell and the YH Fire Source: LeRoy Anderson Dr. D
Figure 13. Dr. LeRoy Anderson letter to Yarnell Fire Board members dated Monday, September 9, 2013. Regarding the YH Fire, community involvement and community recovery. The WildCAD document referred to is above in Figure 8a. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Figure 14. Yarnell Hill Fire Report news screenshot and article. "Yarnell Hill Fire: Documents reflect campaign that fell into 'total non-stop chaos' Dec. 11, 2013 (8:56 AM) news screenshot. Source: The Republic, azcentral.com, Dec. 13, 2013 (11:57 PM) Dennis Wagner and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez
Figure 15. Letter "To the Community of Yarnell" from former Yarnell FD Fire Chief Pete Anderson (recently deceased) concerning his displeasure with the YFD Fire Board regarding their (mis)management of the Fire District, finances, their (in)actions on the YH Fire, and their poor choice with the new Fire Chief. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Figure 16. News article and several comments regarding former Yarnell Fire Chief Jim Koiles and the controversy surrounding him and his sordid and darkened past; and some of the Yarnell community members' and others' mixed view comments about him. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Figure 17. Dr. Anderson and others' correspondence with the Yarnell Fire Board members in 2013. Regarding the YH Fire,the YFD (in)actions on the YH Fire, the YFD Fire Board (in)actions, and his/ their ongoing discontentment with all of them and their frustrations; two pages. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Figure 17a. Exhibit A. Email correspondence from YFD FF Brad Ruggles regarding YFD Captain Ben Palm being promoted to the YFD Fire Chief. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Figure 17b. Exhibit B. Map referred to in Figure 12 email regarding jeep trail up to YH Fire origin area. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Figure 17c. Exhibit C. USPS mail tracking documents regarding Dr. Anderson letter above in Figure 12 to Yarnell Fire Board members dated September 27, 2013. Re:YH Fire, YFD Fire Board (in)actions, and community recovery Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Figure 18. Dr. Anderson's "letter number six" dated September 27, 2013 to the Yarnell Fire Board titled: "Day of Reckoning" chastising Yarnell Fire Board members regarding the YH Fire, the many failures and (in)actions of the YFD, the Yarnell Fire Board individually and as a whole, the Yarnell residents, and the exhortations that "It Is Time To Give An Account To the Community" and that "We could have done more." Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Figure 18a. This ambulance purchased by the YFD disingenuously used select YH Fire Recovery Group monies to purchase it. The ambulance has not been used because it required an additional tens of thousands of dollars for maintenance and repairs to get it up to code standards and render it useful. The YFD purchased it in order to make money with it on wildland fires. This is referenced in several of Dr. Anderson's YFD and Yarnell Fire Board communications. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Figure 18b. Photo of YFD FF Cliff DuPuy and "Troubling Questions" Ten questions about the Yarnell FD and the YH Fire. FF DuPuy talked about YFD Dispatcher Maggie Edmands ripping up her Dispatcher notes after returning from the Yarnell Hill Fire evacuation. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Correction on Figure 18b. Question Number 10 - "Why (after the evacuation of Yarnell) did Maggie tell others ... that she couldn't wait ..." [instead of could wait].
Figures 18c. Image of YFD photos titled: "Witnesses to the elusive 'stand-down' order include, but are not limited to 'The Forestry Division's Russ Shumate; Yarnell Fire Chief Jim Koile (retired); Ryan Gardner, Shift Captain, EMT, FF; Bob Burkhart, Volunteer Training Captain & FF; and Maggie Edmands, YFD Dispatcher. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D.
Figure 18d. YFD Fire Board members. Carole Ryan (L), Richard Mayer (far L), Arlon Rice (Standing), Francis Lechner (R), Kevin O'Donnell (Center), and YFD Fire Chief Ben Palm (far R). Note: Half the people you see in this photo lost their homes in the YH Fire on June 30, 2013. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D.
Figure 18e. YFD contact roster with personal information redacted. Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Figure 18f. YFD Fire Board. Richard Mayer (L) Carole Ryan (L), Arlin Rice (Center), Kevin O'Donnell (Right rear) Francis Lechner (R middle) and YFD Fire Chief Ben Palm (R front). Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Figure 18g. Yarnell Fire Department Thanksgiving 2012. Dispatcher Maggie Edmands in bottom right Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D
Anyone that wants any of the photos in the YouTube videos or this post please send a padded, self-addressed envelope and a blank CD to the address on the website front page. Requesters must provide a real name and real address, both PO Box and physical address. I will not respond to anonymous requesters, so please be forthright with your requests. I will get the consent for you first to the next step after owner approval, then have you send me a self addressed stamp envelope (SASE) padded envelope with blank CD. Mail it to JOY A COLLURA P.O. BOX 572 CONGRESS ARIZONA 85332. I am on a very unique schedule so do not expect a fast turnaround. Allow several weeks for processing and delivery.
Half of the year I am focused to getting data out to the world as what I, the eyewitness, of the Yarnell Hill Fire (YH Fire), know and have seen, and the other half fulfilling these requests as I am just one individual. I will do my best to get it done and provide you upfront an estimated turnaround time for you.
If any of you visiting this website have photos or videos that you want to share of your YH Fire experience(s) for the purposes of "Lessons Learned" and public documentation so that this YH Fire can be properly assessed, or if you finally want to be a part of this "healing experience" because that is the biggest part of why I am doing it, then please let me know and follow the simple instructions up above.
Dealing with these types of traumatic experiences take a toll on us all, especially those actually fighting the fires, certainly those that lost their homes, and always those that were family, friends, and loved ones of the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots that died.
My experiences on the YH Fire have been extremely difficult to deal with, so I need to get it out and share so I can heal. So please come join us. Thank you Dr. Anderson for sharing your Yarnell Hill Fire photos and your many posts. The image below reflects my heartfelt feelings.
Dr. Anderson alludes to the issues of free speech and such discussed above. This free speech has become an issue in the Court system within the Ninth Circuit. There is a recent Court ruling where a woman "blogger" in Oregon recently prevailed in the lawsuit against her.
American journalists Marvin Kalb and Ted Koppel from their book, “In the National Interest,” write this about a journalist's writing: "But I encourage people not to listen to me or him but to look at the documents and make their own decision based on that."'Journalists should adhere to four basic things in disseminating information: truthfulness or accuracy; independence; fairness; humaneness (minimizing harm); accountability.' “He writes because he thinks he has discovered something new and interesting and the information is liberating. Liberating in the sense that the information illuminates the world and greases the wheels of democracy. That’s why the freedom of the press is protected by the First Amendment.” Source: Blogging is not journalism (2011) ( https://thedailyguardian.net/option/blogging-is-not-journalism/ )
I am now posting a video collage of all of Dr. Anderson's June 29-30, 2013, fire photos - unrevealed until now - that suggest that there was a Firing Operation occurring along the Fuel/Fire Break in the Sesame Street and Shrine Corridor. I take my stance on this ambiguous 'Firing Operation' on the factual-based recent post in the July 23rd article on this website that this is grounded in the fact that myself and about 20 others, including an experienced WF Supervisor, watched a video in July 2013 that clearly indicated this Firing Operation had occurred.
This new video of mine will clearly reveal in a detailed Google Earth idealized image the alignment of this Fuel/Fire Break in the Sesame Street and Shrine Corridor and a pair of parallel chutes/washes that lead directly uphill to the GMHS Deployment Zone where they died. This is shown in my Figure 21 Google Earth idealized image Figure 21. Screenshot image in July 23, 2018 post. If this is true, then this would totally contradict what the SAIT "investigators" concluded and wrote in their SAIR on this tactical area of concern.
To further clarify and reveal these June 30, 2013, YH Fire photo and video revelations, I am looking forward to meeting with Stephen Guerin of the Red Fish Company ( http://redfish.com/ ) within the Santa Fe Complex ( http://www.santafedia.org/wiki/index.php?title=Santa_Fe_Complex ), designers of the "simtable" and the "Yarnell Hill Fire Photo Location Estimates Via LiveTexture" viewed here in this video link ( https://youtu.be/Nx7qj0RHbW8 ) in order to render another informative, 'lessons learned' product similar to the one in their video. I have more crucial photos to share and I feel that it would be a most revealing and informative way to create and share them in their unique, innovative format style.
I say this to the world, please contact me at ( www.yarnellhillrevelations.com ) if you decide you are willing to come forward with something(s) to share. For those still in the fire industry, I have and always will keep full confidentiality of you personally and / or professionally of your accounts, however, I would like to utilize your data or information for FF / WF lessons learned. If you need help in formatting any of your data and records of what you have - "behind the scenes" - and how to place it out to the world, reach out to me and I will be more than happy to help guide you.
I want you all to know that I am not obsessed with this particular fire or any fire, but I grew up with fires and near misses with fires with the wild neighborhood bullies. My main focus in all this is that I was there and saw them alive - and 19 men died. I think about this every day and it hurts. Some of their loved ones wanted to know the truth, while others just wanted what I knew about when I was there in real life, while on the despicable Yarnell Hill Fire.
This fire was so small, so "not a big deal." What I remember of the fire was that it was up by the old mine, and then after that, towards the afternoon, it was heading up Harper Canyon. It was only about "four tiny bushes" in a bunch of boulders that had burned out the previous day. And then it was a raging inferno that burned many structures in Yarnell and killed 19 of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots and changed a multitude of lives - forever.
I had 20/10 vision most my life and six years ago I even had 16/20. A few days ago, due to the bad eyeball pain and blurriness that rapidly happened in six days (probably because my eyes are not used to being on a computer for those long hours), I learned I needed progressive glasses. I can deal with the fact that I have insidious health stuff but I took it really hard when I heard I needed glasses. I have built my entire life on consuming healthy foods and good nutrition, doing everything possible to ensure strong eye health, so to hear that news nearly devastated me. I blamed my journey toward finding the YH Fire truth here for the cause of my vision concern. However, my family says "welcome to your late forties." So yeah, I had a day of pure unsettlement, however, I am okay now, back at it again with occasional semi-intense tinges of relapse.
Thinking about, talking about, or anything else to do with the YH fire is like reopening an old wound. And I'm sure that Cougan and many others know exactly what emotions I am talking about.
In a word, the people that were there and took photos and videos, and yet they just sit on all of it because they were told not to talk about it or share what they had. The time is here, so now is the time to reconsider and come forward with what you have, just as Dr. Anderson courageously came forward. You can come forward anonymously. Your credibility, position, etc. is of no concern. We know how crucial some of your information is. This is for truth seeking and nothing else.
The Pacific Biodiversity Institute mentioned by Dr. Anderson above warned about wildland firefighting in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). This warning is particularly instructive and should be a wake up call and a warning to all FFs and WFs that deal with firefighting in the WUI - ESPECIALLY those FFs that are in the municipal and/or structure fire world with occasional wildland fires. ( http://www.pacificbio.org/initiatives/fire/THE%20YARNELL%20HILL%20FIRE%20AND%20THE%20NEED%20FOR%20FIRE%20ADAPTED%20COMMUNITIES2013july17.pdf )
The Pacific Biodiversity Institute report mentions on page 6: "Most importantly, to prevent a tragedy like the 19 deaths that occurred on the Yarnell Hill Fire, citizens and elected officials need to be much more careful about deploying firefighters in extremely hazardous situations where they are risking their lives to protect property. The extreme natural forces involved with many wildfires are often much stronger than anything we have to fight them with. We need to learn not to put young men and women in situations where they have little hope of survival." (emphasis added)
After all, this resonates with what the PFD Wildland Battalion Chief stated and implied to the world, at the July 2013 YH Fire Fatality Site News Conference, that the basic WF Rules did not really apply when 'you're in transition or on the move' and that 'structures came first and WF safety was a last resort.' Bear in mind that Willis literally considered these men his sons and so it was somewhat natural for him to defend and/or downplay heir (in)actions on June 30, 2103.
Watch and listen here to the YouTube videos "Darrell Willis at Granite Mtn. Hotshot Deployment Site [Parts 1 and 2]" below by John Doughtery.
Figure 19. Darrell Willis at Granite Mtn. Hotshot Deployment Site Pt 1. Source: John Dougherty
Figure 20. Darrell Willis at Granite Mtn. Hotshot Deployment Site Pt 2. Source: John Dougherty
How about this as well. We need to research the human factors that influenced the June 30, 2013, GMHS fatalities because that is what keeps us all out of trouble or leads us headlong into it. The SAIT-SAIR recommended that on page 44 under the heading "Recommendations; 5. The Team recommends that the State of Arizona request the NWCG and/or Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) to charter a team of interagency wildland fire and human factors experts to conduct further analysis of this event and the wildland fire communications environment. (emphasis added)
To the best of my knowledge, the AZSF has not "... charter[ed] team of human factors experts ...," so then, myself and several others have taken it upon ourselves to further analyze this event to look into these human factors; the ones that influenced the (mis)management of the YH Fire and the GMHS fatalities.
Figure 21. Video clip of active fire behavior and smoke columns in the Sesame Street and Shrine areas on June 30, 2013, indicating separate smoke columns (plumes). Source: Elizabeth Nowicki.
Figure 22. Video clip of very active ridgeline fire behavior on June 30, 2013 at 1500 hrs. along Sesame Street or Shrine areas. (USB YARNELL HILL 017) AZSF Jake Guardiana.. Source: Elizabeth Nowicki
Figure 23. Video clip ("yarnell gamble video") of audio exchange between an unknown firefighter and DIVS A Marsh. Very active ridgeline fire behavior through the windows of a Blue Ridge HS Crew Carrier on June 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM (1627) in the Sesame Street or Shrine areas. There is an audio exchange between an unknown firefighter and DIVS A Marsh with mixed content conclusions. Audio indicating someone stating "they're coming from the heel of the fire." Source: Elizabeth Nowicki
Figure 24. Granite Mountain Hotshots Heroes and Heartaches YouTube video. Interesting video views and comments showing the two GMHS Crew Carrier vehicles and the BRHS Supt. truck leaving the Glen Ilah area at the Hwy 89 and "GLEN ILAH ENTRANCE" road sign contrary to the SAIT-SAIR stating they were in the Shrine area. Source: montyhoffman4 (May 28, 2018) YouTube
Figure 24a. Screenshot from "Granite Mountain Hotshots Heroes and Heartaches" video at the "Glen Ilah Entrance" road sign at the junction of Hwy 89 and Glen Ilah road in Yarnell with intense, active fire cresting over the ridgetop in the background. News videographer timestamped this at 4:32 PM (1632) on June 30, 2013. Source: montyhoffman4 (May 28, 2018) YouTube
Figure 24b. Snipping Tool social media messages fact-checking directly from the Reporter regarding the above GMHS Crew Carriers exiting the Glen Ilah Subdivision Road timeline at 4:32 PM (1632). Source: Social media
Figure 24c. Screenshot of" Granite Mountain Hotshots Heroes and Heartaches" video revealing the BRHS Supt. truck at Glen Ilah Entrance Road at junction of Hwy 89 and Glen Ilah Road in Yarnell.YH Fire. News videographer timestamped this at 4:32 PM (1632) on June 30, 2013. Source: montyhoffman4 (May 28, 2018) YouTube
Figure 24d. Screenshot of "Granite Mountain Hotshots Heroes and Heartaches" video revealing GMHS Crew Carrier 7B at Glen Ilah Entrance road junction of Hwy 89 and Glen Ilah road in Yarnell. News videographer timestamped this at 4:32 PM (1632) on June 30, 2013, contrary to the SAIT-SAIR stating they were in the Shrine area at that time. Source: montyhoffman4 (May 28, 2018) YouTube
Figure 24e. Screenshot of GMHS Crew Carrier 7A at Glen Ilah Entrance road junction of Hwy 89 and Glen Ilah road in Yarnell. News videographer timestamped this at 4:32 PM (1632) on June 30, 2013, contrary to the SAIT-SAIR stating they were in the Shrine area at that time. Source: montyhoffman4 (May 28, 2018) YouTube
Figure 24f. Joy A. Collura photo June 30, 2013, of GMHS Crew Carriers in Sesame Street area. Source: Joy A. Collura
Figure 24g. Two separate images of definitely GMHS Crew carriers in the unburned. Upper photo is the SAIT's photo denoted as: "Figure 2 - YH Fire - June 30, 2013 Intense fire in ? area with Crew Carriers in lower left corner in small opening. (GMHS or AZ State Forestry Inamte [sic] Crew buggies? Date taken: 6/30/2013 3:44 PM." (emphasis added) Source: Yavapai County Records Request 7-9-14\SAIT Report and Documents \ F-Photos And Videos \ A32-20130630 Wade Parker
These photos are included within the video in previous post on July 23, 2018 titled: "Are these numerous, up to now. (un)revealed photos, audio, and videos posted here, sufficient evidence to answer whether there was a Firing Operation on the afternoon of June 30m 2013 ...?"
Figure 24g (continued). Two Red and White Crew Carriers - Lower photo (GMHS or AZ State Forestry Inmate Crew) Source: Anonymous-by-Request and included within video in previous post on July 23, 2018 titled: "Are these numerous, up to now. (un)revealed photos, audio, and videos posted here, sufficient evidence to answer whether a Firing Operation on the afternoon of June 30m 2013 ...?"
Figure 24h. Snipping Tool excerpt of the SAIT-SAIR (pp. 25-26) documentation of the BRHS coming from the Shrine area, reaching Hwy 89 at 1640 (4:40 PM). In reality, homeowners' statements and the video above show the BRHS and the GMHS vehicles were in the Sesame Street area on the opposite side of the Sesame Street and Shrine Corridor. Source: SAIT-SAIR pp. 25-26.
NOTE: So then, why did the SAIT place the BRHS and the GMHS vehicles in the Shrine area in the SAIR? What was happening in the Sesame Street and Shrine Corridor that was so important that they had to mislead the world that they departed from the Shrine when the photo and video evidence indicates otherwise?
Note: The best way to start is to view the earlier posts (listed below) before viewing this one in Figure 25 below so that it will make more sense to you.
And then, "Are these numerous, up to now, (un)revealed photos, audio, and videos posted here, sufficient evidence to answer whether there was a Firing Operation on the afternoon of June 30, 2013, in the Sesame Street and Shrine area that influenced YH Fire structure loss and the GMHS fatalities?" posted on July 23, 2018.
Get ready for some amazing insight into what happened on June 30, 2013, and what may have caused the GMHS fatalities.
DISCLAIMER: Due to the controversial nature of the topic in the following video, some content and/or analyzed content may include subject matter considered by some to be graphic, disturbing, and/or offensive by some standards. YOU WILL BE CHALLENGED! THIS MAY LIKELY TAKE AN EMOTIONAL TOLL ON YOU!
Figure 25. "Lessons Learned" Yarnell Hill Fire / Granite Mountain Hotshots Part 1." Video and explanatory text, Google Earth idealized image, Google maps locations, and date/time/camera metadata inserts collage of June 29-30, 2013, photos from Dr. Anderson of Yarnell, AZ depicting fire behavior and progressive smoke columns (plumes), including a June 30, 2013, approximately 1635 to 1650 audio section of the PNF employee's Camera audio of the GMHS entrapment evidences at the Deployment Site. There was a planned Firing Operation in the Fuel/Fire Break along the Sesame Street and Shrine Corridor as evidenced in other posts. Vegas Pro 15 and Movie Studio Platinum 15. Only text and zoom tool of the "Video Event Pan and Crop" program used for enhancement, rendered in HDV Custom 60. Sources: LeRoy Anderson, Ed. D., Brian Lauber, an IM Contributor, Somber by Audionautix (Creative Commons Attribution license), special thanks to Elizabeth Nowicki's for her YouTube video clips, and YouTube.
DISCLAIMER: Due to the controversial nature of the topic in this video, some content and/or analyzed content may include subject matter considered by some to be graphic, disturbing, and/or offensive by some standards. YOU WILL BE CHALLENGED! THIS MAY LIKELY TAKE AN EMOTIONAL TOLL ON YOU!
Figure 26. "Lessons Learned" Yarnell Hill Fire / Granite Mountain Hotshots Part 2." The rest of Dr. Anderson's and Mrs. Anderson's photos in another collage from June 30, 2013 between 2:58 (1458) up to the Figure 18 video collage ("Right Before the Fatalities") collage; "After the fatalities" set of photos; June 30, 2013 from 2:58 PM to 7:21 PM; then to July 2, 2013; then to Mrs. Anderson's cell phone photos without metadata; and then finally photos of June 29, 2013, from 4:56 PM to 7:26 PM. Sources: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D., Mrs. Anderson cell phone photos; Vegas Pro 15 and Movie Studio Platinum 15 software; YouTube, and YouTube "Elegy" Wayne Jones Cinematic / Sad Free YouTube songs.
DISCLAIMER: Due to the controversial nature of the topics in this video, some content and/or analyzed content may include subject matter considered by some to be graphic, disturbing, and/or offensive by some standards. YOU WILL BE CHALLENGED! THIS MAY LIKELY TAKE AN EMOTIONAL TOLL ON YOU!
Figure 27. Snipping tool image of SAIT-SAIR (p. 18.) regarding "... plan is to ... clear out the two-track road (an old fuel break) between Sesame Street and Shrine Road. ... (emphasis added) This is the Fuel / Fire Break Sesame / Shrine Corridor. Source: SAIT-SAIR
Figure 28. Snipping tool image of SAIT-SAIR (p. 21) regarding "... open the line between Sesame Street and Shrine Road ... [BRHS] ... preparing for burnout along the dozer line." This is the Fuel / Fire Break Sesame / Shrine Corridor. Source: SAIT-SAIR
Important note: According to both Figures 26a (p. 18) and 26b (p. 21), within the SAIT-SAIR documentation reveals that the SAIT was always well aware of the plan that supported the Sesame Street and Shrine Fuel / Fire Break Corridor indirect line to be prepped and burned out (i.e. The Firing Operation). Now that you have watched the video in Figure 25. ("Lessons Learned" Yarnell Hill Fire / Granite Mountain Hotshots Part 1) I hope you will be more convinced that there is a strong case that can be made for this Firing Operation conclusion based on all the indirect, inductive, and suggestive evidence presented on the website up until now.
I have always unequivocally felt that Winston Churchill is spot on with this quote. "The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” It wholeheartedly applies to the YH Fire and GMHS story as well. I plan to continue this project to the end of my days. "Time is the the only thing we have in life. Just remember, every second you spend on a worth-while project is noted in Heaven by our Heavenly Father. It is time well spent." (Dr. Anderson)
The entire Yarnell Hill Fire debacle was evidence of a disturbing trend in the wildland fire community and I am taking this project head-on to expose as much of the blunders and deceptions as I can. I know that this whole project is going to make some folks really upset. I can just feel that in my bones. So get ready -- we are over the target and the flak is coming up to our plane.
Figure 29. Handwritten letter from Joy A. Collura to PFD Darrell Willis on February 5, 2018, regarding the Public Records evidence she possesses and discussing her plans to release and expose the information garnered from these public records, mostly because the GMHS that died, deserve this information to be revealed after five years. Grammar and Punctuation Clarification CORRECTION with commas placed in the sentence: "After I mailed this letter, when I attended the 2018 Arizona Wildfire Academy, I did see in the distance Willis and his wife ..." Source: Joy A. Collura
Will this video along with the other photos and videos in the July 23, 2018, previously posted article titled: "Are these numerous, (un)revealed photos, audio, and videos, posted here, sufficient evidence to answer whether there was a Firing Operation on the afternoon of June 30, 2013, in the Sesame Street and Shrine area that influenced structure loss and the GMHS fatalities?" completely change the YH Fire and GMHS story? Will it change it enough to require a new, thorough, honest investigation of the human factors that influenced the GMHS fatalities on June 30, 2013? Will the many authors of the heaps of YH Fire and GMHS-related books be willing to refocus their research and change their stories?
God willing, I sure hope so. He has gotten me this far in this endeavor and I am confident He will bring this to fruition. Are you ready for what you're about to experience?
Figure 30. Material Consent and Photo Use Release Form of LeRoy Anderson Ed. D. and Carol Anderson authorizing permission for Joy A. Collura to use their materials and photos as part of a public project titled: "'Lessons Learned' in Wildland Fire, Fire Weather, Fire Behavior, and Human Factors." Source: LeRoy Anderson Ed. D. and Carol Anderson
Figure 31. Anonymous Email Communication. Source: Joy A. Collura
Updated July 30, 2018 6:33am (Figures stated 9a instead of 9/Figure Caption Correction,10a, 23, 24h, 18d) , 7/31/18 8pm (after Figure 24h. added some links); Updated August 1, 2018 at 8:15 PM (Introductory clarification comments for WildCAD PDF in Figure 11; Figure 18b Correction and Clarification; Figure 24h, added bold and underline and numerous [sic] in Wildfire Today section); August 5, 2013 added Figure 2a photo, Updated 8-8-18 2:51pm add a recent incoming email. Updated 8-25-18 10:46pm Figures 2b-2k.
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