More People Assigned To French Gulch Fire

August 19, 2013

YARNELL, Ariz. — Aircraft and more firefighters are being assigned to a wildfire burning five miles east of the communities of Yarnell and Peeples Valley in the same region where a fire killed 19 firefighters June 30.  The state Forestry Division said the French Gulch Fire is burning in brush and low trees in extremely rugged terrain where there is no road access for firefighters.

The Yarnell Hill fire killed 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots when shifting wind swept flames over their position.

The French Gulch fire had 24 personnel assigned on Sunday. Dozens more firefighters are being assigned Monday. Helicopters will be used to drop water and transport crews.

The lightning-caused fire started Saturday night and has burned 400 acres so far, including 300 acres Sunday afternoon.