Lone Survivor of Yarnell Hill fire feeling guilt

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PRESCOTT, ARIZONA (CNN) - Progress is being reported on the fire lines in Arizona.

The Yarnell Hill Fire is now about eight percent contained.  But there is still a long way to go.

19-members of Arizona’s Granite Mountain hot-shots who died battling the blaze -- are being remembered for their bravery.

And we're learning more about the 20th member of the crew, the lone survivor.

Assigned to the lookout position, Brendan McDonough had no idea he would be watching the fire that killed his entire crew.

His position was above the team when the winds suddenly shifted.

"He radioed the crew that he had reached his trigger point and that he was leaving."

That was their last radio call.

Minutes later, the rest of his brothers -- all 19 of them -- were gone.

Erratic, 80 mile per hour winds, drought drained brush meant a fire that remained out of control for days.

Firefighters blame the extraordinary conditions, a perfect storm of a wildfire for the deaths.

"Basically the wind changed you had a storm above they have a tendency to push winds around just because of the dynamics of nature and the way they work and that's what may have occurred during that time period."

Firefighters say there was nothing McDonough could do to save his brothers.

Reggie day is a U.S. Forest Service firefighter who fought fires with the hot shot crew.

"It's gonna be tough. He lost his crew, y'know, he's, I don't know, I couldn't put himself in his shoes. I couldn't do it. I couldn't even, I couldn't do it."

What McDonough feels is guilt, says Julian Ashcraft.

Ashcraft's husband, Andrew, didn't come home.

Her four children will grow up with only their mother's stories of their dad.

"Their dad is amazing. And I will tell them every day of their lives how much he loves them. But he's here. I look in their faces and I see him. They look just like him."

Kyung Lah, CNN, Prescott, Arizona.

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