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By Richard Lefever
For The Sentinel 

Entering devastated Yarnell


Second in a series by Richard Lefever of Bishop Services about their experiences on the Yarnell fire.

At day light the next morning we headed up Yarnell Hill, a narrow winding road that rises 2,500 feet in four miles. Our 53-foot trailers passed a sign at the bottom that says “no trucks over 40 feet recommended.”

Passing through Yarnell, Ariz., the devastation of losing 200 structures there is shockingly evident. A smoldering house foundation with a lone chimney still standing, the burned out shell of a SUV parked under the skeleton of a burned tree and the remains of a pig that perished lying dead in a corral of ashes. Yarnell looked like a war zone.

As we entered the ICP (Incident...

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