Nightly News | July 03, 2013
>>> in arizona, finally some progress to report tonight in the huge wildfire that has claimed the lives of 19 firefighters. at least 10% contained now, and the investigation under way into this extraordinary and crushing loss of life, our report tonight from nbc's miguel allahger.
>> granite blown town hot shots begin their journey home.
>> reporter: 19 firefighters never made it back for the fire fight. today, their vehicles came home. along the three-hour journey. operations paused to remember the victims. back inside the 13 square mile burn zone, investigators focus on the mountainside where bows were discovered.
>> all went up the hill.
>> reporter: officials will listen to radio calls, including the may day from the hot shot team, the investigation will also focus on the weather and the violent 45-mile-an-hour winds.
>> they'll be looking at probably the entire history of the fire. and try to piece it together.
>> reporter: piecing together what went wrong, why firefighters couldn't reach emergency escape routes could take weeks. the cell phone video, of the unit responding to the fire, may offer clues.
>> i want to acknowledge brendon, number 20.
>> last night, the sole survivor of sunday's fire paid tribute to the fallen crew. brendon mcdonough was the lookout. a hillside a mile away. he warned his unit as the blaze swept toward them.
>> we can gain a lot of intelligence from this, the firefighters will be better trained to prepare to try to prevent further tragedies like this.
>> reporter: tonight on a scorched mountainside where 19 men fw gave their lives, the search for