7/3/2013 7:46:00 AM Yavapai County Supervisors survey Yarnell fire scene
Earlier this week, Arizona House Rep. Andy Tobin toured the charred remains of Yarnell and provided these photos.
How to help victims of the Yarnell Hill fire
The following is a list of organizations that are accepting donations for families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill fire on June 30, and for the Yarnell residents who have been displaced because of the fire.
The United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association, together with Prescott Firefighters Charities, has established a 501(c)(3) relief fund at any Chase bank. Ask for the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association Account set up to benefit firefighters' families. Visit www.yarnellfallenfirefighters.com for more information. People may donate to this account using PayPal or mail their donations to UPFFA, 61 E. Columbus, Phoenix, AZ, 85012. All of the tax-deductible contributions will go to the firefighters' families. The site states donations may also be made through the 100 Club (www.100club.org or 602-485-0100) or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.
United Way of Yavapai County has established an account at National Bank of Arizona to benefit families of the 19 firefighters as well as Yarnell residents who have lost their homes. Donations to the Yarnell Fire Fund can be made in person at any National Bank of Arizona branch, through United Way's website, www.unitedwayyavapai.org, or by mailing a check made out to "Yarnell Fire Fund" to UWYC, 634 Schemmer Drive, Suite 302, Prescott AZ 86305. One-hundred percent of the donations will be distributed to the Hotshots' families and Yarnell residents. UWYC will not take an administrative fee from these donations, executive director Melanie Jacobson said.
Green Monkey, a store selling new and "renewed" clothing, is partnering with United Way of Yavapai County to collect clothing and bedding donations for Yarnell Hill fire victims who have lost homes and are displaced at temporary housing. Needs include gently used or new bedding and sheets; gently used or new clothing; gift cards for food and clothing; and volunteers to help process and deliver donations. Food cannot be accepted because of its perishable nature. Donations can be taken to Green Monkey, 520 W. Sheldon St. at Grove in Marler's Square from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, July 4, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. For information, call Yvonne at UWYC, 778-6605, or the Green Monkey, 710-4044.
Prescott Noon Lions Club will be conducting an emergency food drive for Yarnell residents from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Albertsons on Sheldon and Marina streets; Fry's Supermarkets on Miller Valley and Willow Creek roads; Safeway Stores on White Spar and also Willow Creek Road; and Costco on Highway 69.
Rock Springs Café just off Interstate 17 Exit 242 will donate a portion of all pie sales this Saturday and Sunday to the 100 Club in honor of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.
A Star Smokey vintage lapel pin, silver, enamel and amethyst, with a retail value of $295, and other Smokey jewelry are up for auction, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Granite Mountain Hotshot families. For more information, visit the owner Chelsea Stone's Eye Candy Jewelry website at www.eyecandybychelsea.com.
American Red Cross does not accept food or clothing donations. The best way to help is through financial donations by texting REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation that will be added to your next wireless bill; calling 1-800-733-2767; visiting www.redcross.org/donate; or mailing a check to American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter 6135 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix AZ 85015.
The Arizona Community Foundation, in partnership with its affiliated Yavapai County Community Foundation (YCCF), has raised $125,000 for its Disaster Relief Fund, dollar-to-dollar, to address needs resulting from the Yarnell Hill fire. Donors may give online with a credit card to donate at www.azfoundaton.org/yarnellfire or by calling 602-682-2042.
Arizona State Credit Union is accepting donations to help families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Visit one of its statewide locations. The credit union will match up to $20,000 of direct contributions. The credit union is also offering emergency financial assistance to community members. Call 800-671-1098 or stop in a credit union branch.
The Hair Nail and Skin Institute, 23775 E. Highway 69 in Prescott, will show support to firefighters, law enforcement officers and other first responders, as well as evacuees, by offering free haircuts and hand and foot treatments for the remainder of the year. People must provide documentation to qualify.
The National Fallen Firefighter Foundation has set up a fund and donations may be mailed to P.O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or by credit card at www.regionline.com/yarnellhill.
PRESCOTT - To make time to examine the Yarnell Hill fire scene, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors pared its Monday meeting agenda down and wrapped it up in just under 15 minutes.
In that time, the board voted unanimously to give preliminary approval to a $191 million fiscal year 2013-14 county budget.
The board then adjourned to a conference room to work out last-minute details of the fire scene visit. Joining the five board members were U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar and Ann Kirkpatrick.
Supervisor Craig Brown said the tour was a "very moving experience."
"It was traumatic," Brown said. "Our hopes and prayers go with the families of the firemen and everybody out there that lost their property. It's just a terrible thing."
Brown said he hoped that people had taken heed of the Yavapai County Sheriff's o warning to evacuate, noting that sheriff's deputies had not been able to complete a house-to-house search yet. But, he said, the damage, while substantial, was not as bad as previously reported.
"I would say there were less than a hundred homes that I saw that were damaged or destroyed," he said. "And it seemed like they were either totally destroyed or they weren't damaged at all."
County Emergency Management Coordinator Denny Foulk said, "The (officials) I was with were amazed at the effects of the fire and how robust it was. We were pleased to see there were structures still left intact in the affected area.
"There are many homes still there, although there have been a lot of losses, too," Foulk continued. "We're going to endeavor to do everything we can to support the community of Yarnell - and the community of Prescott, because they've taken a huge loss as well."