The Yarnell Fires
On June 28, 2013, Lightning ignited the Yarnell Hill Fire. On June 30, 19 of the 20 Granite Mountain Hotshots crew were killed in a valiant attempt to save the town. They were trapped when the forceful wind shifted about 180 degrees, overrunning their position.
        About 145 homes had been destroyed in Yarnell by the time the fire was extinguished. That, in a town of only about 650 people, nearly destroyed us completely. But we have survived, and we are working to prosper!
     Several books have been written about the fire and the tragedy. If you're interested, try these books, all available on Amazon, and many through your local library.
  • From Tragedy to Recovery: The Yarnell Hill Wildfire of June 30, 2013 - Yarnell-Peeples Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by The Yarnell Hill Fire's Lone Survivor - Brendon McDonough
  • The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting - Fernanda Santos
  • On The Burning Edge: A Fateful Fire and the Men Who Fought It - Kyle Dickman

About Yarnell
A charming small, unincorporated town, Yarnell is nestled at about 4,800 feet in the Weaver Mountains with Arizona Route 89 as our only access. Our Mountain Breeze Suite looks out on lovely Antelope Peak.
     Yarnell's mining and ranching history dates back to the 1800s when Harrison Yarnell worked the Yarnell Mine. Rich Hill, where they picked large gold nuggets up off the ground, was considered to be one of the best sources of gold in the state.
     A sleepy little town for most of the 20th century, today we are a vital, active community planning and executing events including our Yarnell Daze Mountaintop Festival the second Saturday in May, which is renowned around Arizona for its great slate of fun things to do.
     There are approximately 20 active organizations in Peeples Valley and Yarnell, and we work like Sister Communities, each with our own ideas and talents. There is so much passion and dedication in these small communities it's amazing! Many qualified people are actively working to provide a meaningful life for all who settle here.
In 2015 a second fire, the Tenderfoot Fire, started on the southeast side of Antelope Peak, crept up over the ridges, and quickly headed downhill into Yarnell. We are very grateful to be able to say our Fire Chief had prepared well and there was a tremendous firebreak along the eastern side of Yarnell where they were able to stop it from once again taking homes here.
<- Wickenburg <-             Top of Yarnell Hill             ->Prescott ->
<- Wickenburg <-          Downtown Yarnell          ->Prescott ->
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