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Monday, July 01, 2013

19 Firefighters killed in Arizona Wildfire

Nineteen firefighters were killed battling a raging forest fire near Yarnell, Ariz., on Sunday night.
It's believed the wildfire, referred to as the Yarnell Hill fire, was caused by a lightning strike, FOXPHEONIX.COM reported.
The fire has consumed about 2,000 acres and firefighters were working to keep flames away from local communities. About 50 homes in the community, 85 miles northwest of Phoenix, had been evacuated Sunday afternoon and more evacuations were ordered afterwards.
High temperatures and wind were being blamed for the fire's rapid spread.
About 250 firefighters have been working to contain the blaze.
The dead firefighters were members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots from Prescott, Ariz.
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