AZ Forestry faces $559 fine over Yarnell Hill fire

CNN
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 10:22pm

One state agency blames another for the deaths of 19 firefighters during Arizona's Yarnell Hill wildfire.

The Arizona Division of Forestry now faces a more than $500,000 fine for workplace violations.

According to state safety officials, the Forestry Division failed to prioritize the safety of firefighters over structures that could not be saved from the wildfire.

The elite group of firefighters, called a hotshow crew, was overrun by the flames when the winds shifted.

The $559,000 fine is the largest ever handed down by the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health.  It includes a $25,000 fine for each of the 19 firefighters who were killed.

The Forestry Division has 15 days to appeal.

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