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19 Firefighters Killed In Arizona Fire

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By Brittany Cooper

Prescott, Arizona ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) CBS News is confirming that 19 firefighters have died in a fast–moving fire in a central Arizona community.

18 of them are from Prescott, Arizona and one has been unidentified.
It's the largest single loss of emergency personnel since 9–11.

Meanwhile, approximately 250 homes have been destroyed..

Yarnell, Arizona is approximately 85 miles northwest of phoenix.
200 firefighters are working the fire. 130 more firefighters have been called.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter at Yavapai College in Prescott, the sheriff's office said.

The Yarnell Hill Fire now covers nearly 2,000 acres, according to the Arizona Republic.

The fire started Friday, but picked up momentum Sunday as the area experienced high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions.
The fire is zero percent contained.


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