Last Updated: Monday, July 1, 2013

Yarnell, Arizona Wildfire 2013: 19 firefighters killed


At least 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots have died in Yarnell, Arizona wildfire.

Firefighters were fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire near the town of Yarnell located 80 miles northwest of Phoenix.

Arizona wildfire has already destroyed more than 200 houses and has grown to 2,000 acres by early Monday.

Below is a photo of a home burned in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Yarnell, Arizona (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story).

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Another photo below shows residents evacuating along Hays Road in Peeples Valley, Arizona (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story).

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The Red Cross has opened emergency shelters in Yavapai College in Prescott and Wickenburg High School gym.

Around 250 firefighters and support personnel are currently engaged in Yarnell wildfire control.

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The National Weather Service has predicted 30 percent of thunderstorms and showers in the Yarnell area today (Monday).

According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 64 firefighters died in the United States in 2012. Lastly Griffith Park wildfire of Los Angeles claimed lives of 29 people in 1933.

Below is a video of Arizone wildfire and Arizona fire department official speaking about the tragedy.



Original post: Natural Disasters List July 1, 2013