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.
There's there's two factors that were present in this fire -- into the and did that are often present in fatality fire and that's that it was burning in chaparral which -- 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 in. And at that its -- that fire and it's sort of take up its second bellows and in the fire the fire blew up in the hot shots for partly to. -- -- -- -- -- -- person teams -- -- -- to the lead 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. To kick start the fire and try to. A firefight consider comes down to. The guys from the frontlines and the guys in the front on the -- I came to our -- after working for four years and an engine crew. National forests and had 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 some of the greatest period like the one to lead insisted they graduated 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 I looked at my phone and it just you know he just sort of shake your head and. This had known known known now.