AZ wildfires, 19 killed

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Re: AZ wildfires, 19 killed

Postby mtgirl » Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:21 am

Tortoise1 wrote:The average age was actually 26. Average age of 22 wouldn't likely be considered an elite group which by all accounts they were. There was one 43 year old and four guys in their 30s. Youngest was 21. It's been a long time but my recollection is that "Young Men and Fire" is a very good book. May they rest in peace.

Yes, you are correct. Early morning news reports stated the average age was 22. Saw that was incorrect last night when the names and ages of the fallen were posted. Regardless, still tragic. My heart goes out to their families.
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Re: AZ wildfires, 19 killed

Postby MUni Rider » Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:37 am

tbonesaredelicious wrote:Positive thoughts? I highly doubt they are there to protect the wilderness.

As a volunteer firefighter, I have been on several wildland fires. True that the media focuses more on structures and lives lost, and we do indeed try to save lives, homes and structures. But I greatly enjoy my time in the outdoors and saving some of my favorite areas around my home (Wetmore, Royal Gorge, Newland Creek) is a huge priority. Hiking in the mountains and trails around my home is a little little different after it's burnt, to say the least.

My thoughts go out to the loved ones of those lost in this tragedy.

With those 19, having to deploy their emergency shelters tells how bad it got in there. Conditions must have been extreme, obviously. My condolences.
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