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Newly released audio and video recordings have provided new insight into the final moments of 19 firefighters who died battling the Yarnell Hill wildfire in Arizona this past June.

The radio transmissions reveal confusion and disconnection between the men on the ground and those directing the progress of the firefight on the fateful afternoon of June 30.

In the first part of the recording, the Granite Mountain Hotshots are heard as as they first realize they are in trouble — and they try to get aircraft to move in and drop water or retardant on them to save their lives.

“Breaking in on Arizona 16, Granite Mountain Hotshots, we are in front of the flaming front,” one firefighter says on the radio.

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