Fire-fighters die battling Arizona wildfire.

A really sad story of brave men; but I do wonder whether there are times when it’s better to let nature take its course – lives are lost forever, houses can be re-built.  (Written as a villanelle).

Arizona Heat

The lightning-fork with venom bite inside
sparked fire-storms in Arizona heat.
Nineteen fire-fighters succumbed and died.

They met the call and bravely tried
to quell the blaze, subdue, deplete
the lightning fork with venom bite inside.

The lapping, tonguing flames belied
the strength of wind they had to meet.
Nineteen fire-fighters succumbed and died.

Engulfed, surrounded, they defied;
in dug-out shelters they sought to beat
the lightning-fork with venom bite inside.

Hope was lost, salvation was denied;
the wildfire’s fury was complete.
Nineteen fire-fighters succumbed and died.

Remember those on whom we all relied,
who met the call to battle and defied
the lightning-fork with venom bite inside.
Nineteen fire-fighters succumbed and died.

30th June 2013 – headline from BBC

Notes:  “Fire-fighters die battling Arizona wildfire.”  At least 19 US fire-fighters have been killed battling a wildfire in central Arizona which was threatening the town of Yarnell, about 80 miles (130km) north-west of Phoenix.  The fire was started by lightning on Friday and spread rapidly amid high heat, low humidity and strong winds.  It is the highest death toll for fire-fighters in a single incident since 9/11, correspondents say.  Some 200 fire-fighters are still battling the fast-moving wildfire, which has grown to 1,000 acres. Additional reinforcements have been called in.  Arizona and other parts of the western United States – including California – have recorded near-record temperatures over the weekend.

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