Fire payments for Prescott crew covered most costs

Prescott Fire Department/Courtesy photo
Prescott Fire Department/Courtesy photo

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - The Granite Mountain Hotshots battled numerous wildfires across West in recent years, netting reimbursements that paid for most of the city of Prescott's expenses for maintaining the elite crew which lost all of its members but one in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

The Daily Courier ( reports that a statement released by the city listed reimbursements for more than 150 incidents since 2009.

Those included fires in the Southwest as well as ones as far away as Texas and Idaho.

The Hotshots' budget has become a point of debate in Prescott as the City Council decides whether to reconstitute the team.

It was decimated by the June 30 deaths of 19 of the crew's 20 members when shifting winds drove flames over their position in a canyon with heavy brush.

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