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7/2/2013 11:02:00 AM
19 firefighters die fighting Yarnell Hill Fire
As of Monday, lightning caused fire still burning out of control between Yarnell and Peeples Valley
Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin took a tour through the fire area in Yarnell Monday and sent photos of destroyed homes. Andy Tobin/Courtesy photo
Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin took a tour through the fire area in Yarnell Monday and sent photos of destroyed homes. Andy Tobin/Courtesy photo
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On Sunday, 19 firefighters died after strong winds pushed the Yarnell Hill fire over their position.

The fire grew to 8,374 acres and remained completely uncontained on Monday according to a release from the incident management team.

The fire, which began June 28, is burning west of Highway 89 between Yarnell and Peeples Valley.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office aided in the Sunday evacuation of Yarnell and Peeples Valley. Shortly thereafter, winds pushed the fire's front onto Yarnell and Glen Isla.

Previous estimates indicated that about 250 homes in the area have burned. Other reports put the losses at approximately 50 on Monday, with 250 residential homes threatened and 25 commercial buildings.

A Type 1 Incident Command Team assumed responsibility for the fire Monday afternoon.

The temperature on Monday was expected to reach 92 to 102 degrees with humidity at 18 percent and winds out of the Southwest at 5 miles per hour and gusting higher.

The Department of State Public Safety closed State Highway 89 between Date Creek Road South of Yarnell and Sorrells Ranch Road North of Peeples Valley. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has three different road blocks at the following: the junctions of Highway 89 and Hayes Ranch Road, Hayes Ranch Road and Sickles Ranch Road and of Buckhorn and Frontier Road.

Earlier this week firefighters continued to work to secure the Eastern flank of the fire and protect other homes at risk from the evacuated areas. Air tankers dropped fire retardant on the perimeter of the fire as needed and five helicopters assigned to the fire dropped water on hot spots in support of the firefighters.

The cost so far to fight the fire is undetermined.


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