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By Richard Lefever
For The Sentinel 

Bishop Services' support of the Yarnell Fire more than routine


Goldendale’s Bishop Services was at the Yarnell Fire in Nevada, where 19 firefighters were killed. This is the first in a series by Richard Lefever of Bishop about their experiences there.

As a record heat wave passed through Pahrump Valley in Nevada on Sunday, June 30, 2013 our Bishop Services Inc. crew was preparing equipment for deployment to a small, 300 personnel fire in Yarnell, Arizona. It would be a routine, small, uneventful fire camp. We already had provisions on board that would be enough to start this fire from the Doce Fire camp only the week before. Despite the triple digit heat wave our crew was in route to the new fire 300 miles away in less than two hours.

Fifty miles...

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