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Fire season: What lessons have we learned?

An aerial tanker drops fire retardant on a wildfire threatening homes near Yarnell, Ariz., on July 1. An elite crew of firefighters was overtaken by the out-of-control blaze on June 30, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flame

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An aerial tanker drops fire retardant on a wildfire threatening homes near Yarnell, Ariz., on July 1. An elite crew of firefighters was overtaken by the out-of-control blaze on June 30, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields.

Since the Yarnell Hill Fire killed 19 firefighters last summer, investigators have written two reports, one more damning than the other.

Homeowners and families of the men who died have filed lawsuits claiming "negligence, carelessness and intentional misconduct."

From the Fronteras desk, reporter Laurel Morales explores what lessons we've learned as we approach another fire season.


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