PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A settlement has been reached to ensure that photos
taken in connection with the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona won’t be
released to the media.
Widows and other family members of some of the Granite Mountain Hotshots killed
June 30 in the Yarnell Hill Fire had asked a Yavapai County Superior Court judge
to deny two media organizations’ requests for access to more records.
The widows and family members cited privacy concerns and possible harm the
release of the photographs could cause.
A lawsuit filed on behalf of The Arizona Republic and Phoenix TV station KPNX
requested investigative records and photographs from the fire scene, but not
photos of human remains or personal effects.
County Attorney Shelia Polk announced Tuesday that the Republic and KPNX have
dismissed their lawsuit.