Today marks a heavy anniversary… and one of the driving events behind the creation of the Wildland 52.
These men, the men of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew worked on two major fires in the Jemez Mountains, the 2011 Las Conchas and the 2013 Thompson Ridge. They were key in the development of a Structure Protection Plan for what we called “VDI”. VDI was a name given to the general Vallecitos de Los Indios area including Sierra de Los Pinos, Vallecitos and Ruby Holt tract (Bennet Lane and Sky High Way). Their last assignment before perishing 6-30-13 in the Yarnell Hill fire was here, in our beloved Jemez Mountains.
They, and those who loved them, paid the ultimate sacrifice that day. It is our hopes that the Wildland 52 will help to raise funds to support two invaluable organizations that support the Wildland Community; just a small token of our honor, our love and gratitude.