Nineteen firefighters died Sunday while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire northwest of Phoenix. The fire started on Friday and spread to more than 6,000 acres in two days. Learn more about the fallen firefighters below.
Andrew Ashcraft, 29 -- His mother called Ashcraft "my treasure" and told CNN affiliate KNXV that his big, blue eyes stole the heart of his high school sweetheart, Juliann, his wife and mother of their four children.
He dreamed of becoming a hotshot, Deborah Pfingston added, and was once named the Granite Mountain Hotshots' Rookie of the Year.
Back home in Prescott, Ashcraft was a home teacher, a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints assignment, to Elise Smith's family. She told the Deseret News in Salt Lake City he had a "sweet spirit" and was excited about being a hotshot.
As he battled the massive blaze, Ashcraft sent a series of text messages to his family, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"I think I'm going to be out here a while on this one," he wrote to his wife. Later, he wrote, "It's getting really wild out here --- Peeples Valley is trying to burn down."
He sent her a photo of his crew setting up camp for lunch, with smoke rising in the background, according to the newspaper's report. It was the last image Juliann saw of them alive.
"It looks like the inferno," she replied. Their 4-year-old daughter sent a text, telling her father that it was raining.
In what would be his last message to his family, he wrote, "We could really use a little rain down here."
Robert Caldwell, 23 -- A Facebook page Caldwell and his wife Claire shared shows how beloved he was.
"What a beautiful love you shared," says one of many comments posted.
No further information was listed about him. But one of the photos shows what appears to be the couple's wedding day, with Claire's young son a part of the ceremony.
Travis Carter, 31 -- "He loved his kids more than anything," Carter's wife of six years, Krista, said Monday night, according to The Arizona Republic. "That's what he lived for: seeing them happy and having family time."
Their two children are ages 6 and 3.
Carter "loved being outdoors," she said. "It was his passion."
He "had a heart of gold," she added. "He was one of those people who would do anything for anybody, whether he knew them his whole life or met them five minutes before."
Dustin Deford, 24 -- Deford began volunteering to fight fires in Montana at age 18, the Billings Gazette reported.
"He was one of the good ones who ever walked on this earth," Carter County Sheriff Neil Kittelmann said Monday, according to the newspaper. "I've told two or three people that I thought needed to know. People reacted like he was one of their own kids."
Tom Carroll, who once worked with Deford in Miles City, said what he will remember most about the Ekalaka, Montana, boy is "the smile on his face and the swagger in his walk."
Deford is survived by nine brothers and sisters. He was right in the middle.
Chris MacKenzie, 30 -- His mother, Laurie Goralski, didn't see MacKenzie as often as she liked because he lived in Arizona, but when she underwent brain surgery last month, he made sure to come home to care for her, she told the Press-Enterprise newspaper in Riverside, California. MacKenzie had a lot of friends and was great about keeping in touch with them. "He was a great guy. He really was well-liked," she told the paper. The Hemet, California, native always wanted to be a firefighter -- like his father, Mike, a former captain in nearby Moreno Valley -- and went so far as to lose 75 pounds in high school so he could pursue firefighting and another passion, snowboarding, Goralski said.
Eric Marsh, 43 -- The superintendent and eldest member of the team, Marsh wanted to be a firefighter from the time he was a young boy.
His uncle calls Eric one of the bravest men he knew.
"We're all in shock," Robert Marsh told CNN affiliate WSOC.
As a young man, Eric Marsh spent summers in the Arizona heat working with fire teams. After college, he worked with the National Forest Service and helped form his own team -- the Granite Mountain Hotshots. For weeks, they trained in 100-degree heat, WSOC reported.