Fast-Moving Ariz. Wildfire Kills 19 Firefighters, Destroys 200+ Homes

"YARNELL, Ariz. -- Gusty, hot winds blew an Arizona blaze out of control Sunday in a forest northwest of Phoenix, overtaking and killing 19 members of an elite fire crew in the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. for at least 30 years."

"The “hotshot” 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, state forestry spokesman Art Morrison told The Associated Press.

The fire also destroyed an estimated 200 homes, Morrison said. Dry grass near the communities of Yarnell and Glen Isla fed the fast-moving blaze, which was whipped up by wind and raced through the homes, he said."

John Marshall And Jacques Billeaud report for the Associated Press June 30, 2013.

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"19 Firefighters Killed in Prescott-Area Blaze" (Arizona Republic)
 

Source: Wash Post, 07/01/2013