Arizona Wildfire-Fighting Team's Lone Survivor Pays Respects - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Arizona Wildfire-Fighting Team's Lone Survivor Pays Respects

Posted: Updated:

A team of investigators is in Prescott, Ariz., trying to figure out what went wrong when 19 specially-trained firefighters lost their lives battling a massive wildfire that continues to burn in central Arizona.

Fourteen of those victims were in their 20s.

The lone survivor has been identified as Brendan McDonough, who was away from the team when member were they were overtaken by the flames in Yarnell.

"He was a lookout for the crew," Prescott Fire Dept. spokesman Wade Ward said. "He was assigned to kind of be a heads-up on top of the hillside to give a situational awareness to the crew as they are working throughout the day."

The investigators will issue a report in the coming days.

Meanwhile, some 500 firefighters are still battling the monster fire in Yarnell, which has burned about 13 square miles and destroyed hundreds of homes.

And we are learning more this morning about that lone survivor, McDonough. The 21-year-old was relaying key information to his team when the massive fire suddenly changed direction.

McDonough reportedly warned his 19 friends to get out just before they became trapped and later died.

McDonough got out just in time. Officials say he did exactly what he was supposed to do.

The lone survivor paid his respects to his team at a vigil in Prescott on Tuesday night.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Police: Boater Disappearance May Have Been Staged

    Police: Boater Disappearance May Have Been Staged

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:28:19 GMT
    Egg Harbor Township Police believe the disappearance of a boater in July may have been staged.
    Egg Harbor Township Police believe the disappearance of a boater in July may have been staged.
  • New Video Game Sparks Debate In South Jersey

    New Video Game Sparks Debate In South Jersey

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:30:49 GMT
    Video games may be pure fantasy, but a violent action-adventure game called "Watch Dogs" has ignited a very real debate in one South Jersey community. Watch Dog allows players to adopt the persona of a James Bond-like computer hacker, chasing an evil mastermind. People say it's chock-full of foul language, sex and violence, features dark and foreboding backdrops. The latest version, which is due out this fall may be set in Camden.
    Video games may be pure fantasy, but a violent action-adventure game called "Watch Dogs" has ignited a very real debate in one South Jersey community. Watch Dog allows players to adopt the persona of a James Bond-like computer hacker, chasing an evil mastermind. People say it's chock-full of foul language, sex and violence, features dark and foreboding backdrops. The latest version, which is due out this fall may be set in Camden.

  • SOGGY WEEKEND

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:24:23 GMT

    Saturday will start off unsettled, especially S&E, but towards the afternoon most of us should remain drier with light scattered showers.

    Saturday (79/68): AM Rain, PM Clouds

    Weekend, clouds will stick around throughout Saturday and Sunday as wet weather dampens the first weekend in August. Saturday will start off unsettled, especially S&E, but towards the afternoon most of us should remain drier with light scattered showers. There is a better chance for more widespread precipitation Sunday with on and off showers/thunderstorms possible.

    Saturday (79/68): AM Rain PM Clouds

    Sunday (81/68): Cloudy, Showers & T-Storms

Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices