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Agency to propose penalties against Arizona Forestry division in report on Hotshots firefighter deaths

An Arizona agency that investigated workplace violations related to the deaths of 19 firefighters is recommending action against the state Forestry Division.

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health will present its findings Wednesday to the state Industrial Commission.

The Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots had been battling the Yarnell Hill Fire under management of the Arizona State Forestry Division when all but one of the men died June 30.

ADOSH is proposing penalties and citations for the state Forestry Division. The office would not discuss specifics ahead of the meeting in Phoenix.

The commissioners have final say on any action.

A separate report found communication lapses in the crew's final hour. It also found that proper procedure was followed but did not determine whether the tragedy was avoidable.

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