They were young, brave “Hotshots,” nicknamed for their courage and ability to battle some of the nation’s fiercest fires.

The deaths of these 19 elite men -- who lost their lives on Sunday while trying to extinguish a blaze ignited by lightening in the small town of Yarnell –- marked the country’s biggest loss of firefighters in one wildfire in 80 years.

The incredible commitment of the fallen Arizona firefighters –- who were also expectant dads, veterans and former high school sports stars –- has inspired scores of donors across the country to get involved in helping the surviving family members who are just beginning to grapple with the magnitude of the tragedy.

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"They loved what they did. These men worked together," Juliann Ashcraft, who lost her husband, Andrew, a father of four, told the Today show. "They lived together, they fought fires together, and they died together doing what they loved.”

Read through the list below to find out how you can help.

Granite Mountain Hotshots Family Fund
A friend of Jesse Steed -- a firefighter who lost his life in the Yarnell blaze and is survived by his pregnant wife -- has started a gofundme campaign to raise money for the families of the 19 Hotshots who died. According to the campaign’s page, donations will go directly tot he families and will be split equally among all of the recipients. Find out how you can get involved here.

Yarnell Emergency Fire Fund
The United Way of Yavapai County has established an emergency fund to help those who lost loved ones in the fire on Sunday and Yarnell residents who have lost their homes to the wildfires. Find out how you can get involved here.

Wildland Firefighter Foundation
The Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which dubbed itself the "Red Cross" of the wildland community is using donations to offer financial and emotional support to the grieving families. Find out how you can get involved here.

100 Club of Arizona
The 100 Club of Arizona is collecting funds to assist survivors, cover flights costs for family members of the victims, help the injured and buy replacement equipment for the Prescott Fire Department. Find out how you can get involved here.

American Red Cross
The Red Cross’ Grand Canyon Chapter has opened two shelters in Arizona for those who were forced to evacuate their homes. Workers are also providing food, water and mental health support to those at the shelters and staffing at the local Emergency Operation Center. Find out how you can get involved here.

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  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    A wildfire burns homes in Yarnell, Ariz. on Sunday, June 30, 2013. An Arizona fire chief says the wildfire that killed 19 members of his crew near the town was moving fast and fueled by hot, dry conditions. The fire started with a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    A wildfire burns homes in Yarnell, Ariz. on Sunday, June 30, 2013. An Arizona fire chief says the wildfire that killed 19 members of his crew near the town was moving fast and fueled by hot, dry conditions. The fire started with a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    A wildfire destroys homes in the Glenn Ilah area near Yarnell, Ariz. on Sunday, June 30, 2013. An Arizona fire chief says the wildfire that killed 19 members of his crew near the town was moving fast and fueled by hot, dry conditions. The fire started with a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    A wildfire burns homes in Yarnell, Ariz. on Sunday, June 30, 2013. An Arizona fire chief says the wildfire that killed 19 members of his crew near the town was moving fast and fueled by hot, dry conditions. The fire started with a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    A wildfire burns homes in the Glenn Ilah area near Yarnell, Ariz. on Sunday, June 30, 2013. An Arizona fire chief says the wildfire that killed 19 members of his crew near the town was moving fast and fueled by hot, dry conditions. The fire started with a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    Firefighters spray water on a restaurant to help protect it from flames in the Glenn Ilah area near Yarnell, Ariz. on Sunday, June 30, 2013. An Arizona fire chief says the wildfire that killed 19 members of his crew near the town was moving fast and fueled by hot, dry conditions. The fire started with a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    In this 2012 photo provided by the Cronkite News, the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew clears a fire line through the forest. On Sunday, June 30, 2013, 19 members of the Prescott, Ariz.-based crew were killed in the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. for at least 30 years. The firefighters were forced to deploy their emergency fire shelters - tent-like structures meant to shield firefighters from flames and heat - when they were caught near the central Arizona town of Yarnell, according to a state forestry spokesman. (AP Photo/Cronkite News, Connor Radnovich)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    In this 2012 photo provided by the Cronkite News, members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots run during training on the use of emergency fire shelters. On Sunday, June 30, 2013, 19 members of the Prescott, Ariz.-based crew were killed in the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. for at least 30 years. The firefighters were forced to deploy their emergency fire shelters - tent-like structures meant to shield firefighters from flames and heat - when they were caught near the central Arizona town of Yarnell, according to a state forestry spokesman. (AP Photo/Cronkite News, Connor Radnovich)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    In this April 12, 2012 photo provided by the Cronkite News, Granite Mountain Hotshots crew member Shane Arollado trains with others on setting up emergency fire shelters outside of Prescott, Ariz. On Sunday, June 30, 2013, 19 members of the Prescott-based crew were killed in the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. for at least 30 years. The firefighters were forced to deploy their emergency fire shelters - tent-like structures meant to shield firefighters from flames and heat - when they were caught near the central Arizona town of Yarnell, according to a state forestry spokesman. (AP Photo/Cronkite News, Connor Radnovich)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    Firefighters work near a wildfire burning along a ridge in Yarnell, Ariz., in this photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, Monday, July 1, 2013. The lightning-sparked fire, which started last Friday, spread to at least 2,000 acres amid triple-digit temperatures, overtook an elite group of firefighters, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    A procession carrying the bodies of the firefighters who died Sunday fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire heads down Grand Ave. toward the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's office on Monday, July 1, 2013. Nineteen firefighters have died in the Yarnell Hill Fire that has ripped through half of the town and sent residents to Prescott for safety. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    Firefighters work near a wildfire burning along a ridge in Yarnell, Ariz., in this photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, Monday, July 1, 2013. The lightning-sparked fire, which started last Friday, spread to at least 2,000 acres amid triple-digit temperatures, overtook an elite group of firefighters, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    Maggie Greenwood adds flowers to a makeshift memorial at the fire station Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., where an elite team of firefighters was based. Nineteen of the 20 members of the team were killed Sunday when a wildfire suddenly swept toward them in Yarnell, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    A picture of fallen firefighter Wade Parker is displayed at a makeshift memorial at the fire station Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., where an elite team of firefighters was based. Nineteen of the 20 members of the team were killed Sunday when a wildfire suddenly swept toward them in Yarnell, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Patrick Breen)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    Carianne Sarvar, right, and Kathy Stapp, look over a makeshift memorial at the fire station Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., where an elite team of firefighters was based. Nineteen of the 20 members of the team were killed Sunday when a wildfire suddenly swept toward them in Yarnell, Ariz. Sarvar said her child attends the same daycare as one of the children of the fallen firefighters. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Patrick Breen)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    Signs are displayed at a makeshift memorial at the fire station Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., where an elite team of firefighters was based. Nineteen of the 20 members of the team were killed Sunday when a wildfire suddenly swept toward them in Yarnell, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Patrick Breen)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    Signs are displayed at a makeshift memorial at the fire station Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., where an elite team of firefighters was based. Nineteen of the 20 members of the team were killed Sunday when a wildfire suddenly swept toward them in Yarnell, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Patrick Breen)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    David Turbyfill, father of firefighter Travis Turbyfill, who was killed fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, is comforted by his wife, Shari Turbyfill in front of Prescott Fire Station 7 on Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. Nineteen of the 20 members of the elite firefighting team were killed Sunday when a wildfire suddenly swept toward them in Yarnell, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    Adam Higgins, left, and his brother Noah place flowers at a makeshift memorial at the fire station Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., where an elite team of firefighters was based. Nineteen of the 20 members of the team were killed Sunday when a wildfire suddenly swept toward them in Yarnell, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Patrick Breen)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    Gina Martinez, center, and Chase Madrid, center right, comfort each other during a memorial service for 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew that were killed battling a wildfire, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. Madrid is a former Granite Mountain Hotshot and knew many of the firefighters who were killed. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    Prescott Fire Marshal Don Devendorf speaks during a memorial service for 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew that were killed battling a wildfire, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace)

  • Yarnell Hill Fire

    The Bragg family gathers near a makeshift memorial at the fire station Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., where an elite team of firefighters was based. Nineteen of the 20 members of the team were killed Sunday when a wildfire suddenly swept toward them in Yarnell, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Patrick Breen)