Thursday, July 04, 2013

Writing on Hotshot firefighters - by Kyle Dickman & Molly Hennessy-Fiske

There was a great story written for the July issue of Outside Magazine that I had already planned on linking to before it became so tragically timely. "In the line of Wildfire" was by Kyle Dickman and is an account of time he spent with the Tahoe Hotshots, who Dickman describes as an elite group of wilderness firefighters based in Camptonville, CA.

It's a gripping feature story on people with jobs completely different than most and the tragic timeliness of it came with the June 30th deaths of all but one of the Prescott, AZ based Granite Mountain Hotshots. The next day Dickman wrote "19 Hotshots die in Arizona" for Outside and then followed that up with "Examining the Arizona Wildfire Deaths".

There's I'm sure going to be other well-done and poignant stories written on the disaster and one I've seen already was "Widow of fallen Arizona firefighter recalls his last day" for the L.A. Times. Written by Molly Hennessy-Fiske, this story was on Juliann Ashcraft, whose husband Andrew Ashcraft one of the 19. It's a heartbreaking piece that notes the Ashcraft's 4 children, all under the age of 7.

In relation to all the men lost in the fire, among the various places online that provide biographical info was "Remembering the Granite Mountain Hotshots" in the Washington Post.