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NEW DETAILS: 19 Firefighters Killed While Battling Arizona Wildfire Identified

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - The city of Prescott has released the names of the 19 firefighters who were killed in a wildfire. Fourteen of the victims were in their 20s.
    
- Andrew Ashcraft, 29
    
- KevinWoyjeck, 21
    
- Anthony Rose, 23
    
- Eric Marsh, 43
    
- Christopher MacKenzie, 30
    
- Robert Caldwell, 23
    
- Clayton Whitted , 28
    
- ScottNorris, 28
    
- Dustin Deford, 24
    
- SeanMisner, 26
    
- Garret Zuppiger, 27
    
- Travis Carter, 31
    
- GrantMcKee, 21
    
- TravisTurbyfill, 27
    
- JesseSteed, 36
    
-  Wade Parker, 22
    
- Joe Thurston, 32
    
- William Warneke, 25
    
- John Percin, 24

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YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - The bodies of 19 members of an elite firefighting crew killed after being overrun by an Arizona wildfire have been retrieved from the mountain where they died.
    
Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo now says all 19 were from the Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots. Authorities earlier said one of the men wasn't a crew member.
    
One man who belonged to the 20-person team survived because he was moving the crew's truck.
    
The crew was found late Sunday afternoon with their emergency fire shelters deployed. They'd been battling a blaze moving toward Yarnell, a small town about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.
    
The bodies were retrieved Monday near the town.
    
The fire made it into Yarnell and destroyed an unknown number of homes and businesses. It has burned more than 13 square miles.

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YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - The lone survivor of an elite firefighting crew that was trapped and killed by an Arizona wildfire escaped because he was moving the crew's truck when the flames roared over the men.
    
The wind-whipped fire trapped 18 members of a Prescott-based "hotshot" crew and another man working with them Sunday. All 19 died despite deploying tent-like fire structures designed to deflect the heat and flames.
    
Arizona State Forestry Division spokesman Mike Reichling says one member of the hotshot crew survived after separating from the team to move its vehicle.
    
Southwest incident team leader Clay Templin says the crew and commanders were following safety protocols, but it appears the fire's erratic nature simply overwhelmed them.
    
Reichling says the blaze roughly 85 miles northwest of Phoenix has burned 13 square miles with zero containment.

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YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - A wildfire that killed nearly 20 members of an elite fire crew trying to help protect homes in a small central Arizona town has quadrupled in size, to 13 square miles.
    
Arizona State Forestry Division spokesman Mike Reichling said Monday that 18 "hotshot" fire crews are now battling the blaze, approximately 85 miles northwest of Phoenix, and more are expected.
    
On Sunday, the lightning-sparked fire killed 18 members of a 20-member hotshot crew based in nearby Prescott. Reichling says one other person also was killed but has not been identified.
    
The fire on Sunday spread to at least 2,000 acres amid triple-digit temperatures, destroying dozens of homes and sending hundreds fleeing from the community of Yarnell.
    
Reichling says the blaze is now at 8,374 acres, with zero containment.

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YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - More crew members and a top-level management team are headed to an out-of-control wildfire in Arizona that killed 19 elite firefighters and destroyed much of a small town.
    
A total of 250 firefighters and support personnel were assigned to the fire in Yarnell as of Sunday.
    
Fire managers say another four Hotshot crews are on the way. They typically have 20 members each.
    
The Daily Courier in Prescott reported that the fire had grown to 2,000 acres by early Monday.
    
The lightning-sparked fire also destroyed 200 houses and sent hundreds fleeing from the town of about 700 residents about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.
    
Spokesmen for fire managers did not immediately respond to requests for comment early Monday.

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NBCNEWS.COM - A fast-moving wildfire in central Arizona claimed the lives of 19 firefighters on Sunday, authorities said.

A spokesman for the Arizona State Forestry Division said the firefighters were fighting the blaze near the town of Yarnell, Ariz., about 90 miles northwest of Phoenix. The fire, which was started by lightning, prompted evacuations of about 50 nearby homes.

The Arizona Republic reported the state authorities plan to call in federal help to battle the 2,000-acre blaze.

About 200 firefighters are fighting the fire, which has destroyed several homes in the community.

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YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - A fire information officer says 19 firefighters are unaccounted for while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in a central Arizona community.

Mike Reichling told the Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/158NjWp ) that 20 firefighters were involved in a "serious incident."

The newspaper reports that one of the firefighters has been located.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has notified residents in the Peeples Valley area and in the town of Yarnell to evacuate.

Roxie Glover, spokeswoman at Wickenburg Community Hospital, told The Associated Press that the hospital has been told to expect residents with injuries and firefighters.

Earlier Sunday, the fast-moving fire prompted evacuations of 50 homes in the Buckhorn, Model Creek and Double A Bar Ranch areas about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.

In the afternoon, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office expanded the evacuations to include residents in the Peeples Valley area and in the town of Yarnell.

The wildfire also forced the closure of parts of state Route 89, the Arizona Department of Transportation announced. The department did not have an estimate of how long the closure would last but advised drivers to use U.S. 93 or Interstate 17 as alternate routes.

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 newspaper.

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

About two hundred firefighters are now working at the fire, but an additional 130 firefighters and more water- and retardant-dropping helicopters and aircraft are on their way.

In another Arizona fire, a 2-acre blaze that started at a motorcycle salvage yard and spread to a trailer park has destroyed five mobile homes in the Gila County community of Rye, located more than 130 miles east of Yarnell.

Gila County Health and Emergency Services Director Michael O'Driscoll said no one was injured in Rye.

The fire was ignited Saturday night at All Bikes Sales located off Highway 87. It spread to neighboring federal Forest Service land but was fully contained within 12 hours of its start.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Seven adults and two children were staying at a shelter set up for people who were evacuated, the Red Cross said.

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