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Arizona Inferno Consumes Entire Town: 19 Firefighters Dead, up 250 Homes Destroyed, Forced Evacs

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At least 19 firefighters died battling a blaze that has consumed the town of Yarnell Hill, Arizona, forcing evacuation of the entire town where an estimated 250 houses are destroyed, local officials say.

“We just lost 19 of the finest people you’ll ever meet,” officials said.

Wickenburg Community Hospital is treating at least eight firefighters, among 22 injured.

One firefighter survivor has sustained burns to 75 percent of his body.

Wickenburg Community Hospital is treating at least eight firefighters who were among 22 injured in the line of duty.

Approximately 250 homes are feared destroyed by the fire that state forestry expects will continue growing today.

Over 2,000 acres are on fire, according to Arizona State Forestry Division spokesman Mike Reichling stated.

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Erratic winds and heat are expected to fuel the blaze, AZ Central reported.

The area has not had a fire in 40 years.

Earlier Sunday, 50 homes in the Buckhorn, Model Creek and Double A Bar Ranch areas, aproximately 85 miles from Phoenix, were placed under evacuation orders.

By Sunday afternoon, the evacuation order included Peeples Valley area and the town of Yarnell. 


Arizona Republic has list of agencies accepting donations for Yarnell fire victims: .


Sources: Russia Today, Arizona Republic

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    • Deborah Dupre

      Blessings to all impacted by this disaster, especially the brave firefighters and their loved ones. More deadly fires predicted as global warming increases.

    • Hang all drunkdrivers

      And started by an illegal though you can be sure we won’t be told that.

      • Deborah Dupre

        Careful with racist remarks. Comments reflecting human rights violations here are censored before I see them most of the time it seems. The fire was started by lightening.

      • Perry Lane

        Yarnell Hill fire is listed as lightning caused

        The illegal border-crossers and recreational target shooters both regularly cause fires in Arizona when the summer heat dries everything out and it only takes a spark to start a fire.

        The W 2 fire burning east of Nogales in an area used by border-crossers is probably man-caused as no lightning occurred recently – July 1, 2013
        The Doce Fire also near Prescott has burned more than 6,700 acres and started in a spot often used for target shooting.( In May 2012 the Sunflower Fire which burned about 17,500 acres and cost $6 million was started by a man target shooting with an incendiary shotgun shell )

      • aznavyvet

        No this fire was a lighting strike dumb ass

    • Anonymous

      Global weather manipulation and it’s architects are entirely responsible for these deaths and millions more of humans, mammals, sea life, bugs and bacteria.
      The firefighters, like soldiers, die in vain unless we understand there are global ambitions behind just about every single disaster and war we now experience.

      • Deborah Dupre

        Thank you. Yes, “Owning the weather” and the Pentagon’s manipulating it against best interest of humanity is well documented. How much of “global warming” and its causes are based in military covert operations, WikiLeaks… anyone?

    • Mover

      There is new technology that could have been used in this case instead of risking firefighter’s lives:
      Aerial Fire Extinguishing Bomb
      And, these could be guided. Get firefighters out of the area, and safe.

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