- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Prescott will pause for a moment of silence June 30 to remember the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died three years ago.

City officials say flags also will fly at half-staff and the bell at the courthouse plaza will be rung 19 times.

The firefighters died when winds shifted during the Yarnell Hill Fire and trapped them in a brush-choked canyon. It was the deadliest day for U.S. fire crews since 9/11.

A nonprofit group formed to honor the Hotshots is soliciting input for a permanent memorial on the courthouse plaza. Yavapai County has approved the use of 400 square feet on the southeast corner.

The Granite Mountain Hotshots were the only such crew tied to a municipal fire department.


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