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Yarnell Hill Forest Fire.

19 Deaths Caused By
The Arizona Division of Forestry
&
The Bureau of Land Management.
BLM

June & July
2013.

Obama Spends Billions For Endless Vacations
But Can't Help Yarnell Victims !
What A Worthless President !

George & Eve DeLange.

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Why Weren't DC-10 Dropping Slurry, Before It Spread?
Photo Of Firefighters Waiting For A Helicopter So They Can Fight
The Yarnell Hill Forest Fire That Started From A Lightning Strike On June 28, 2013.
This Photo Taken On June 29 At 5:45 PM.
Yarnell Fire Station At The Bottom Of The Photo. Fire At Top.
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Photo Of The Yarnell Hill Forest Fire That Started From A Lightning Strike On June 28, 2013 In The Evening.
Yarnell Fire Station At The Bottom Of The Photo.
This Photo Taken On June 29 At 8:03 PM.
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Photo Of A DC-10 Slurry Bomber At The Yarnell Hill Forest Fire.
Photo At Peeples Valley, June 30, 2013.
Waste Of Resources.
Protecting A Field Of A Ranch. Not Peeples Valley Or Yarnell.
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Photo Of The Yarnell Forest Fire.
Photo At Peeples Valley, June 30, 2013.
Waste Of Resources.
Protecting A Field Of A Ranch. Not Peeples Valley Or Yarnell.
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Photo At Peeples Valley, June 30, 2013.
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George & Eve DeLange's Burned Down Home.
Burned Down In The Yarnell Forest Fire, On June 30, 2013.
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Shrine Of Saint Joseph.
Burned At Northwest Side In The Yarnell Forest Fire, On June 30, 2013.
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New Plant Growth Over Burned Yarnell Forest Fire Area, Photo Taken: September 9, 2013.
While Obama Thinks He Is God - He Has Given Yarnell No Help !
Here Is Proof That God Knows How To Quickly Rebuild !
God Has Given Yarnell Rain, & God Has Told The Plants To Quickly Grow !
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The Yarnell Hill Forest Fire:

The Timeline:

One of our neighbors saw the lightning strike, causing the fire, to the west of his house about 4 miles away. This was in the evening of Friday, June 28th. This was seen from the small community, known as Glen Ilah, adjacent to Yarnell.

Some of his friends also observed the fire that night.

One of his friends called 911 that night, and was told that the authorities were aware of the fire, and that they were taking care of the fire!

The Fire was also seen by our neighbor and his friends, during the early morning of Saturday, June 29th.

I saw smoke from the fire as I was driving back from Prescott, Arizona at 5:03 PM of Saturday, June 29th., and called 911, and was transferred to the Yarnell Fire Department.

I spoke with the, and they said, "they were aware of it." So, I hung up. By then the fire was large and out of control !

At 5:44 PM , I was at the Yarnell Fire Station, observing "hotshot" personnel being transported by helicopter to the fire.

The Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, who worked on the front lines of fires across the United States, was brought in to fight the Yarnell fire. But, not when it happened!

The tragedy is that they were killed !

To make this tragedy worse, their deaths should have never happened!

This fire SHOULD HAVE BEEN PUT OUT, THE NIGHT IT HAPPENED !

NOTHING WAS DONE !

WE DON'T BLAME THE FIREFIGHTERS, & OTHERS WORKING ON THE GROUND.

WE BLAME THEIR TOP LEVEL BOSSES; WHO DID NOTHING TO PUT OUT THE FIRE !

The fire officials lost contact with the crew at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, said David McAtee, a spokesman with the county’s Yavapai Emergency Operations Center. A helicopter crew spotted their bodies a short time later. “It’s one of those freak incidents where the wind split the fire and flanked them on both sides before they had a chance to get out of there,” McAtee said. “It eliminated their escape.”

That is probably true, but why wasn't the fire put out when it was very small?

One drop by a DC-10 most likely would have put it out! Two drops at the most!

George DeLange, the author of this page, saw the same inept action being done at the Doce fire in Prescott, Arizona a month earlier !

An Update:

George found out his home was destroyed from two photos at a website in England. George called the information number concerning the fire with the Yavapai Sheriff's office, and was told his home was not damaged! The photos from Rick Wilking, & Reuters are shown below. They show the home was destroyed!

We were given one more piece of information, that you can't trust!

The Yarnell Hill Fire is just one lie after another, from those in charge of protecting us!

When the authorities give their news conferences, they are telling the media what they want the media to say. Thank God, several investigative reporters are trying to learn the truth!


Another Update:


At about 1:45 PM on Sunday June 30, 2013, a friend of the author of this page, George DeLange, called and told George that he had been watching a thunderstorm coming from the North, towards Yarnell.

Now, if he saw it, how come the administration of the firefighters did not see it ?

Our source for the following comments is from ABC15.News.

Records obtained by the Associated Press Friday from the Federal Bureau of Land Management show that Arizona officials asked for six heavy air tankers at 4:08 p.m. on June 30, about 50 minutes after outflowing high winds from a nearby thunderstorm began driving the wildfire toward the small town of Yarnell.

National Weather Service officials issued a wind warning to fire managers at 3:26 p.m. that day. The firefighters radioed that they were trapped and getting into the emergency fire shelters at 4:47 p.m.

The six planes were never deployed or arrived because of the limited number of tankers in the nation's aerial firefighting fleet and the dangerous weather conditions at the time. Fire officials said even if they had been available winds were so strong they couldn't have been used to save the firefighters' lives.

But the fact that so many planes were requested provides more proof that firefighters were facing an increasingly dangerous scenario. There were only 12 heavy tankers available that day in the Western United States.

"It is significant, and it makes an exclamation point to the situation, doesn't it," said Jim Paxon, a spokesman for the Arizona Division of Forestry, which was managing the fire.

The agency asked for the six heavy tankers when the thunderstorm started kicking up fire activity but they didn't get them because none were available. The heavy tankers are used to lay lines of fire retardant to prevent a fire's spread and protect ground crews.

The request came nearly an hour before out-of-control flames trapped the 19 members of the Granite Mountain hotshots and led to the nation's worst wildland fire tragedy since 1933.

Despite the size of the order and what the state Forestry Division says was the dire danger to the town, there was no sign crews were in immediate danger. There also wasn't any sense of urgency conveyed when the air tankers were ordered, federal officials said.

Don Smurthwaite, a spokesman for the National Interagency Fire Center in Idaho, described the request for six large tankers as "coincidental and not consequential" to the fate of the doomed Hotshot crew.

He said none of the dispatch records related to the request show "any expression firefighters were in trouble.

"We did not know at this level how much jeopardy the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew was in," said Smurthwaite, whose agency oversees the deployment of firefighting aircraft in wildfires.

No aircraft were battling the blaze when the crew died. Three drops were made 12:30 and 1 p.m. on June 30 by large P-2V tankers capable of dropping 2,800 gallons of retardant that had been working a fire farther north in Arizona, but they went back to that assignment, Paxon said. Fire officials had earlier asked for the nation's two huge DC-10 air tankers that can drop about four times the retardant, but they were unavailable.

Only a spotter plane was in the air when the Prescott, Ariz.-based Granite Mountain Hotshots died. The state's fleet of small single-engine retardant-dropping planes was grounded in Prescott because of the weather, and no helicopters or heavy tankers were available.

Paxon said the tankers would not have been able to drop during what he described as a very large wind event anyway.

"When that fire blew up with the (thunderstorm) outflow there was no way to get any aircraft in close to the fire," he said. "Beyond the heat and the turbulence there's just really unstable air. They tell these big commercial airliners to fly around thunderstorms -- well, this activity's more than a thunderstorm, the activity on a fire when you get one of these big outflow events with 40 or 50 miles an hour winds."

Paxon said they ordered the planes despite knowing they couldn't be used at the moment in hopes of building a retardant line between the fire and the town of Yarnell.

"You don't know how long a wind event's going to last -- you order them -- if that DC-10 is coming from Albuquerque, that's 20 minutes load time and two hours flying time," Paxon said.

Smurthwaite also said the turbulent weather was preventing some firefighting aircraft from flying and "even if six large air tankers ... were available, it's very doubtful that we could have gotten them there in time to have made any difference."

The one question Paxon couldn't answer had to do with why the Hotshot crew was still on the mountain nearly an hour after conditions became so violent that six heavy tankers were ordered.

"We don't know," he said. "That's something that the serious incident investigation team is looking into."

The crew was found about 500 yards from a ranch house they had designated as they safety zone. The 20th member of the crew was acting at a spotter and escaped unharmed when the fire roared into the area from the north.

The Associated Press obtained details about the aerial effort Friday through a public records request. The fire 60 miles fire northwest of Phoenix was triggered by lightning on June 28 and destroyed more than 100 homes before it was fully contained on Wednesday.


Another Update:


On Friday, 8-09-2013, it was announced that no federal money would be coming to Yarnell, because of the Obama administration's refusal to declare the area the site of a major disaster.

Word of the denial of federal aid that the governor received late Friday afternoon, within days of the president's visit to Arizona to tout the improving housing market and the economy.

At the time of the fire, Governor Jan Brewer asked Obama for help, and he intimated that the federal government might follow through and send some aid for Yarnell.

Since Obama is nothing but a constant lier, we shouldn't have counted on it.

Unless the federal government rescinds its decision in an appeal that the governor might pursue, Yarnell is out of luck as far as the feds are concerned.

And that's not right. As Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin said Friday, this decision make it look like people of a tiny town in the West don't have as much clout as those in the East or those who have endured major disasters in hurricanes.

We have to ask why the size of a town should make any difference?

Yarnell residents pay their taxes like all of us.

They deserve better than this slap in the face.

Shame on you, Washington, D.C.

Shame on you, Barack Hussein Obama II; the "Muslim Candidate."

Lets see, an article published on 29 September 2012 in the Associated Newspapers Ltd; says that Obama had spent $1.4 Billion on vacations.

Oh yes, Hussein Obama, enjoy your 4 bedroom house on your Martha’s Vineyard Vacation! I don't mind all of our taxes going towards another vacation! The common folks in Yarnell really don't need the money !

Both of us and our dog and two cats are doing just fine in a rented two room travel trailer. Somehow I'll find the extra $100,000 I will need to rebuild.

Knowing the will of the people of Yarnell, it's a sure bet they will keep putting one foot in front of the other and they will move on.


Another Update:


by Bob Christie, Associated Press
azfamily.com
Posted on September 4, 2013 at 1:45 PM
PHOENIX (AP) -- Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday appealed the federal government's denial of disaster assistance for the June wildfire that killed 19 firefighters and destroyed more than 100 homes in the town of Yarnell.

Brewer said the uninsured damage has gone up and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency didn't take into account the high number of poor and elderly residents in Yarnell when it denied the disaster declaration request last month. She also said the agency's denial increases the risk the town faces from flooding because a federal team she requested to rehabilitate the burned area was part of the denial.

"The deadliest fire in Arizona's history has been a traumatic, devastating event for all of Arizona, but most especially the communities of Yarnell, Peeples Valley and Prescott," Brewer said. She noted that President Barack Obama promised to help the communities recover.

"Such disaster relief would do so much for Arizona, not the least of which is help homeowners who lost everything - just as the federal government helps hurricane and other disaster victims."

Four of Arizona's nine House members attended Brewer's press conference announcing the appeal, and Republican Rep. Paul Gosar said all are expected to sign a letter urging the government to reconsider.

"This area is a very resilient area, and they don't ask much," Gosar said. "They ask the federal government to be equal in its application of the law."

FEMA told Brewer in its denial letter that the damage to uninsured private homes was not so severe that state, local and volunteer agencies couldn't handle the problems, and it repeated that analysis in response to inquiries Wednesday. Agency regulations require it to consider many factors when reviewing a disaster aid request, including insurance coverage, recent multiple disasters and other available federal assistance programs.

The governor said nine of the 108 destroyed homes were uninsured and 17 underinsured, but that number is likely to go up.

Indeed, Yavapai County Emergency Management Coordinator Denny Foulk said Wednesday that he counted 11 uninsured homes and about 30 that were underinsured. He placed a rough value on the uninsured homes at $1.1 million and the underinsured at $3 million.

The town's water system was also damaged, in some cases because firefighter use drained its pipes and then they collapsed when heavy equipment drove above them. Basic repairs could cost about $1.2 million, replacing sections of water line that were compromised $8 million, and a complete overhaul would be $15 million, he said.

Paying for a complete rebuild of the water system and covering the uninsured losses is less than $20 million, but Brewer said the state should not have to use its hefty reserves to pay for the recovery.

"We all pay taxes to the federal government, and this is a disaster," Brewer said. "It is not, I believe, Arizona's responsibility."

The FEMA denial also noted that the state could request disaster loan assistance, at low interest rates, from the Small Business Administration. Brewer noted in her response that the SBA's rules won't let it act while the state is appealing the disaster denial.

Another Update:


Well,we applied for a SBA Loan and followed all the rules. We were turned down twice, due to very minor reasons. It seems the SBA Loans are just more bunch of the U. S. Government Lies. They had a multitude of hoops for us to jump through and if some document did not get to them within a 5 day time period, your application was withdrawn. ie One requirement was to fax a 4.5 pound document to them; another was that I sent the required document by email and it was received on a Friday, but they were not working until on Monday, so not read until Monday, therefore too late in being read! So loan turned down!

By the way, we have very high credit scores and no current loans. Local banks have been pleased to make loans to us, to rebuild from the Yarnell Fire.


Yarnell Is Rising !


A new saying in yarnell, by the residents that are rebuilding, regardless of what Barack Hussein Obama II; the "Muslim Candidate" or the Federal Government claims it is going to do, or not do is: Yarnell Is Rising !

We have dedicated a web page to the rebuilding of Yarnell. Be sure to go to it to see some of the work being done. It is called: Yarnell Is Rising !



Another Update:


10/8/2013 1:08:00 PM
Yarnell fire chief resigns in wake of controversy
by Tamara Sone
The Daily Courier
YARNELL - There was no love lost in the town of Yarnell on Tuesday. Community members cheered and clapped after the Yarnell Fire District Board announced the resignation of Chief Jim Koile.

Koile, who was not present at the meeting, announced his resignation in a letter dated Oct. 8. Board member Carole Ryan read the letter to the board and about a dozen attendees.

"It is with both sadness and pride that I submit this letter to you. I have worked very hard, as you know, to build a professional fire department in Yarnell," the letter read. "I am proud of the work that I accomplished here and I know that you recognize the value of my contributions to the Yarnell Fire Department... I recognize that the fire department and community of Yarnell are now at a point where a younger fire chief with high energy and progressive ideas is required."

The letter went on to list some of the things Koile accomplished during his tenure as chief, including the improvement of the department's professionalism, training, equipment and personnel.

"The letter was pretty self-serving," resident Cliff DuPuy said. "But the end result is that he's gone; that's all I care about. Our town will be safer because he's gone. Plain and simple."

According to the board, Koile will stay on in an advisory role until Nov. 30. Assistant Chief Ben Palm will take over Koile's duties temporarily, board member Frances Lechner said.

"I think the way we should look at this, is that this is an opportunity to move forward and let's look at the best ways to take advantage of this opportunity," Lechner said. "We have a big job to do."

Several volunteers at the meeting who said they left the department because of conflicts with Koile, told The Daily Courier they plan to come back as volunteer now that Koile will be leaving.

"I live next door to the fire department. When a call went out I was here in 30 seconds and he ran me out," resident Errol Eastwood said. "I'll come back today. I'm going to go and talk to Ben Palm."

The board is scheduled to discuss the process of replacing Koile at their Oct. 21 meeting, Lechner said.

Community member Russ Reason, who lost his home in the Yarnell Hill fire, said he hopes that the next chief will live locally and be strong enough to put the needs of the community over the demands of other state and federal agencies.

"I'm really concerned because the BLM came in (during the fire) and the chief obeyed them. Protocol lost us 120 houses in this town," Reason said. "The next chief should realize that he is employed by this fire department and he has an obligation to this community, not the Bureau of Land Management or any other organization."

Koile's sudden resignation comes after a story about his past manslaughter conviction appeared in The Daily Courier on Oct. 6.

In 1974, a Maricopa County jury convicted Koile of manslaughter in the death of 3-year-old Carla Kay Dahlstedt. Koile was a Mesa firefighter at the time.

According to court records, on Dec. 12, 1973, Koile said he spanked and pushed Carla, daughter of his live-in girlfriend, Alys Dahlstedt. The little girl hit her head on the edge of her crib and was knocked unconscious. Koile said he was disciplining Carla for lying.

Koile said he attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and cardiac massage, but he thought Carla was dead. Panicking, Koile drove the toddler to the desert, near the Mesa dump, where he buried her.

When Dahlstedt came home, Koile told her that Carla had been abducted or wandered away, court records stated.

Six hours after he buried the toddler's body, Koile recanted his story to police and led them to the burial site.

As police dug up the little girl, they discovered she was still alive and transported her to the hospital, court records read. Carla died a day later from brain damage.

Superior Court Judge Charles Roush reduced Koile's conviction to involuntary manslaughter after Dahlstedt pleaded for leniency.

Koile was sentenced to five years of probation and 52 days of community service.

Five years later, a judge granted Koile's request to dismiss the conviction and restore his civil rights, according to court records.


While this story is well known by most of the residents of Yarnell, and we would say it is true.

We would say that while this is an interesting true story. We still think there are several higher up officials with the BLM, who are to blame.

We also now have reason to suspect officials with the US Forest Service, and Arizona State Land Department.



About Yarnell, Arizona:

The quiet, small, unincorporated, community of Yarnell is located in Northern Arizona, in southern Yavapai County on U.S. Highway 89, at the top of Yarnell Hill, between Antelope Peak and the Weaver Mountains. It sits at an elevation of about 4,800 feet. It is surrounded by huge boulders, nestled among Oak and Juniper trees, intertwined with Skunk Bush, Scrub Oak, and Manzanita. Yarnell is about 75 miles northwest of Phoenix, 25 miles north of Wickenburg, and 33 miles south of Prescott.

Yarnell also includes a small community known as Glen Ilah and Yarnell is located about 3 miles south of the small town of Peeples Valley. Yarnell has its roots in mining and ranching. Yarnell's official location is: 34 degrees 13 minutes 21 seconds N, 112 degrees 44 minutes 59 seconds W ( 34.222569, -112.749608 )GR1.

The climate of Yarnell is mild all year round with a winter average temperature of 40.4 F degrees and a summer average temperature of 77.4 F degrees. It's winter record lowest temperature is -8 F degrees and it's summer record highest temperature is 105 F degrees. It's snowfall average is 1.6 Inches and it's average precipation is 1.3 Inches. It is said that Yarnell is "Where The Desert Breeze Meets The Mountain Air!"

Yarnell is home to several retirees and a place where people can escape the summer heat, smog, dust, and congestion of nearby Phoenix. It's ideal temperature and climate enable it's residents to grow wonderful gardens and fruit trees. In fact, some of the best tasting apples in Arizona can be grown in this ideal climate. The drinking water is slightly soft and very good to drink right from the faucet. There also are several small businesses and community services in Yarnell that meet the needs of it's residents and visitors.

While there are many "Events" going on in Yarnell to keep her residents happy; there are two major events held in Yarnell. These are: The "Buzzard's Bash" and "Yarnell Daze." "Generally Speaking" the fourth week of March hosts the annual "Buzzard's Bash", which welcomes back the seasonal flocks of Turkey Vultures ( Cathartes aura ) that migrate to Yarnell every year from Mexico. And "Yarnell Daze" is then "generally" held on the first weekend in May every year. This year in 2010, "Buzzard's Bash" was not held; "Yarnell Daze" is to be held on May 1, 2010. Be sure to come up and have some fun!

Another attraction of Yarnell is the thrill of one being able to ride a motorcycle up or down Yarnell Hill. This makes Yarnell a "Mecca" to the hundreds of motorcycle riders that love to ride through Yarnell to other areas of Yavapai County just about every week of the year. The "Ranch House Restaurant", in Yarnell is one of the favorite eating establishments for these bikers as well as just about anyone else in the area. However, there are several other restaurants that welcome "bikers" in Yarnell.

Of course, one of the best attractions of Yarnell is it's clean air and beautiful night time skies. Evidenced below with the two photographs of comets that graced Yarnell's sky just about a year apart in 1996 and 1997. Then there are the two photos of Comet Holmes during October of 2007.

A little known, but must see attraction in Yarnell is the Shrine of Saint Joseph of the Mountains.

In 1939 a group of Catholics called the Catholic Action League of Arizona, from Phoenix, commissioned Felix Lucero, a Native American from Trinidad, Colorado; to create the Stations of the Cross, in the Weaver Mountains, about a half-mile west of "downtown" Yarnell. While not as famous has his Garden of Gethsemane in Tucson, the Stations of the Cross in Yarnell is just as impressive and in a similar magnificent setting. This hillside shrine has a chapel, the Way of the Cross, replicas of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Last Supper. Felix Lucero sculpted all of the work out of reinforced concrete. The life-sized pieces are set among an oak tree-shaded area amidst the boulders. Visitors can take a trail through the stations of the cross to see the statues or mediate in its beautiful park - like setting.

There is a" lookout point" just southwest of Yarnell on U. S. Highway 89, before you begin your descent down into the Valley below. This is definately worth visiting.

U. S. Highway 89 travels four miles and drops 2,500 feet down the side of Table Top Mountain. The lookout point provides a panoramic view of the desert regions below. It is a view you won’t soon forget.

You will want to stop and marvel at the sight below.

About half way down Yarnell Hill on U. S. Highway 89, you will see a white elephant painted on the rocks to the right side of the road. This is at a bend in the road that "bends like an elephants trunk." Thus, the white elephant on the side of the highway! This popular attraction is called, "Scooby The Elephant" or "Elephant Bend." The Arizona Highway Department calls it "grafitti" and tries to paint it over, but the local residents put "Scooby" back on the rocks where he belongs! The local paramedics use "Elephant Bend" as a location marker when they are dispatched to the aid of some unfortunate soul that needs their help. ie.."Below The Elephant or Above The Elephant."

Continuing down Yarnell Hill, you will notice a green frog on the west side of Highway 89 a little bit across from the Arrowhead Bar And Resturant. His name is "Rocky The Frog" and he has a story that he can tell.

"Rocky" was painted by Sara Perkins. Sara and her husband Eli Perkins, a newspaper man and state legislator, had taken up residence on Martinez Wash near the present day Arrowhead Bar And Restaurant. Sara had taken her sons out exploring the area and she soon discovered that there was a rock formation nearby that looked like a frog. It wasn't too long until Sara had painted the rocks bright green with black spots and a white underbelly. Later, in 1928 Highway 89 was built nearby and ever since then there have been numerous tourists stopping to photograph this unusual rock formation.

A little known fact is that, a man and his faithful dog, are buried next to the "Rocky." The man's name is, William Miller. He requested to be buried next to "Rocky." Mr. Miller passed away on January 19, 1940.

The area around where Yarnell is today was covered with small mining claims. Then in 1889, Harrison Yarnell found gold near Antelope Peak. The town grew slowly and was eventually named after him. Yarnell continued to own and operate the Yarnell Mine through the 1890’s. The town’s post office was established in 1892. Then in the 1940’s, the mine was no longer profitable and was closed down. Today, Yarnell enjoys its small town feel. The town continues to have mining and cattle ranching as its major sources of economic activity. Yarnell also is developing a nice restaurant industry to feed the visitors to the area.

Although the town is named after a later prospector, it was Charles Genung (1839-1916), a well-known area pioneer, who first discovered gold near Yarnell. This was in 1865, two years after Abraham Harlow Peeples' discovered gold on Rich hill in neighboring Peeples Valley.

Harrison Yarnell, after whom the area is named, was a young man when made his discovery in 1873. The claim was sold a number of times, and although the find was a rich one, Yarnell found it necessary to apply for entrance to the Pioneer Home in Prescott in 1914. Obviously ashamed of his penury, he reportedly said, "I've tried hard to keep from this but I've fought my battle and I'm through". He died at the Pioneer Home two years later at the age of 63.

Even before the area received its name, it was an important point on the stage route extending from Ehrenberg to Wickenburg. The line branched at Yarnell and then continued through Antelope Valley to Prescott, and the stage stopped at a stone house in Glen Ilah, a "boulder park" in Yarnell.

Later, in 1922, a road was built from Prescott to Yarnell, and in 1933 it was extended and paved. When cars came up Yarnell hill, both the automobiles and their occupants needed respite. Passengers, thirsty and exhausted by the climb, were as dry as their cars' radiators. Merchants in Yarnell could take care of both kinds of thirst. In fact, Yarnell proved to be a very popular tourist stop; however, this diminished somewhat when the Black Canyon Highway (now known as I-17) rerouted traffic moving from the populous valley floor through Central Arizona.

A little known fact about Yarnell is that it was the home of Alessio Carraro, an Italian immigrant who had made his fortune in sheet metal in San Francisco. Alessio Carraro is the builder and first owner of the famous Tovrea Castle, in Phoenix. Tovrea Castle was listed on the Phoenix City Historic Property Registry in 1990 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Alessio Carraro died in 1964 while living by himself in a small trailer in Yarnell. But, he had built what is called "Carraro Castle" among the boulders of Yarnell.

The remains of what is called "Carraro Castle" can still be seen today on private property located about 300 feet East of the Shrine of Saint Joseph in Yarnell.

With regard to public buildings, early on Yarnell shared the honor of hosting the area's post office with Peeples Valley. Citizens established a school in 1937, the same year that a Catholic church was built there. The famous shrine to Saint Joseph was begun the following year.

Today Yarnell continues to grow as it serves the needs of tourists and area residents, many of whom are retired.

Yarnell is located on the Highway 89, Scenic Route to Prescott, Arizona. Yarnell is also listed as one of the communities to visit along the American Heritage Trail route. There is a link to the Yarnell Chamber Of Commerce at the bottom of this page.

George DeLange's Burned Down House.
On July 4, 2013, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office,
Said, "Home Is Not Damaged."

Yarnell Hill Forest Fire.
Yarnell, Arizona. June 2013.
Photo Courtesy: Rick Wilking, Reuters.
Photo Taken: July 2. 2013.
George DeLange's Burned Down House.
On July 4, 2013, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office,
Said, "Home Is Not Damaged."

Yarnell Hill Forest Fire.
Yarnell, Arizona. June 2013.
Photo Courtesy: Rick Wilking, Reuters.
Photo Taken: July 2. 2013.
The Sun Shining Through Smoke.
Yarnell Hill Forest Fire.
Yarnell, Arizona. June 30, 2013.
The Sun Shining Through Smoke.
Yarnell Hill Forest Fire.
Yarnell, Arizona. June 30, 2013.

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