The circle is the Fatality Site where the Hotshots made their last stand. Encircling the site are 19 gabions, one for each Hotshot, united by chains representing their eternal bond. Inside 19 steel markers show the position where each Hotshot was found.
This is a very busy place. I was there on a weekday and yet I met at least 5 hotshots/firefighters and crossed paths with probably near 100 hikers. I was grateful for my early start so I could mourn as I walked this sobering path in silence. Once it got busier, normal group hiking chitter chatter detracted from the ambience.
- March 9, 2020
- Parking is limited. Check out the Arizona State Parks website for shuttle information.
- Check out the film, Only the Brave, based on this incident.
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