Firefighters lost in Arizona fire

Posted Jun 30, 2013 by Gar Swaffar
The Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona has claimed the lives of firefighters. The official pronouncement came just before 8:00 p.m. PST tonight.
File photo: Air support fire retardant slurry drop on the Taylor Fire  photographed by the Northern ...
File photo: Air support fire retardant slurry drop on the Taylor Fire, photographed by the Northern Arizona Incident Management Team
USDA Forest Service, Coconino National Forest
The Yarnell Hill fire has grown to more than 2,000 acres in size and consumed several homes reports AZ republic, CNN, and MyFoxPhoenix
Arizona State Forestry Division spokesman Mike Reichling suggests the fire will soon reach Type 1 status prompting the Federal Government to be involved on Monday morning. Reichling also expects the town of Yarnell to lose as many as half the 500 homes it comprises.
Prescott Fire Department spokesman Wade Ward confirmed that 19 of the city's firefighters had died in the blaze, 22 firefighters have also been injured while fighting the lightning caused fire.
600 hundred residents have been forced out of their homes due to the conflagration in the communities of Yarnell and Peeples Valley. It is also possible there are more firefighters who are have been lost, as there are a number who are missing. The information is sketchy at the time of this report, but more details will come out as the authorities piece the information together tomorrow.
The firefighters lost were members of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots.