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Arizona Blaze that Killed 19 Firefighters still Uncontained


While the town of Prescott, Arizona mourns the loss of 19 firefighters, the wildfire that killed them continues to burn.

An investigation is underway to determine what happened during the wildfire. The bodies of all 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill fire Sunday, arrived at the medical examiners office in Phoenix. Autopsies will be performed within the next few days.

In Prescott, where the most of the firefighters lived, more than a thousand mourners packed a gym for a memorial service.

14 of the 19 killed were in their 20's. One had just gotten married in November, and another one was engaged. One man, Andrew Ashcraft, leaves behind a wife and four children.

While the town of Prescott mourns, up the road near Yarnell, the fire continues to burn. The blaze spans an estimated 8,400 acres, and many parts remains uncontrolled with no containment.

About 500 firefighters are focused mainly on the eastern edge of the blaze, where the towns of Yarnell and Peeples Valley are still under evacuation orders.

"Trying to keep in touch with each other, figure out where everybody went and not really knowing if our house is still standing," said one evacuee.

At least 50 homes were destroyed in Yarnell, but officials say the actual number be as high as 200.

Monday night, federal authorities took over management of the firefight. That will enable authorities to bring in more crews to battle the blaze.


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