"Yarnell Hill Fire Continues To Burn Out of Control"

"As the community grieved the loss of 19 firefighters who died Sunday fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, the deadly blaze continued to rage out of control. As of 9:30 p.m. Monday, it had grown to 8,400 acres and remained zero percent contained. About 500 firefighters were battling the blaze, with more expected to join Tuesday."

"Mother Nature did not cooperate. Adverse weather conditions forced state incident management officials to call off air support from about 5 p.m. through Monday evening. Officials feared the monsoon activity could cause erratic winds that would make the fire unpredictable and difficult to fight.

The city of Prescott on Monday also released the names of the 19 firefighters killed, a few hours after a somber caravan carried their bodies to Phoenix. All 19 men were members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite firefighting team employed at the Prescott Fire Department. One other Granite Mountain firefighter was away from the group at the time."

Amy B Wang, JJ Hensley, Lindsey Collom, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, and Michael Clancy report for the Arizona Republic July 1, 2013.


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"How Climate Change Makes Wildfires Worse" (Mother Jones)

"Wildfire Season Actually Below Average" (USA TODAY)

"For Hotshot Firefighters, No Such Thing As a Routine Wildfire" (TIME)

"Firefighters Look To Make Headway Against Deadly Arizona Wildfire" (Reuters)

"Hotshot Teams Are the Elite of Wildfire Fighters" (USA TODAY)

"Declining Resources Make Wildfire Prevention Difficult" (Arizona Republic)

"U.S. Fights Growing Wildfire Threat With Shrinking Budget" (Reuters)

"Federal Wildfire Prevention Budget Cuts Protested In Senators' Letter" (AP)http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/federal-wildfire-prevention-budget_n_3518592.html

"Town Mourns 19 Firefighters Killed in Ariz. Blaze" (AP)

Source: Arizona Republic, 07/02/2013