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Yarnell Hill Wildfire: Lawmakers consider spending $500k on memorial to honor fallen firefighters

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YARNELL, Ariz. -

It's a story we'll never forget. 

Last summer, the Yarnell Hill Wildfire claimed the lives of 19 firefighters.

On Monday, a hearing at the State Capitol took place -- it involved using money to build a memorial park on the site where the Hot Shots were killed.

The spot where the 19 firefighters died is state land, but there is still a process to go through in order to create a memorial and this is one of the first steps.

As it stands now, the pull allocated $500,000 to build a memorial.

The state representative who is spearheading the bill summed it up like this:

"The thought of building a tank or a house on that site somehow just seems wrong in so many ways," said Rep. Karen Fann, a Prescott Republican.

The bill sets aside $500,000 from the state general fund and also calls for a memorial site board that will include family members of the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots.

Right now, a flag flies at the site where the Hot Shots died.

At the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee hearing, representatives from the area voiced their support.

"I just want to make sure you're aware that Yavapai County is poised and prepared to work with state land or whomever," said Yavapai County Supervisor Rowle Simmons.  "So you don't have to worry about long term expenditures down the road."

Tim Hill, President of the Professional Firefighters of Arizona said, "To be a small reverential place where family members and the public can remember the tragedy and the heroism of our Hot Shots."

When it was time for a vote, every member of the committee voted in support of the memorial.

The bill still has to be voted on by the entire State House.  The bill also allows for private donations.

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