19 firefighters die battling Arizona fire


by Andrew Michalscheck


Posted on June 30, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 1 at 1:57 AM

Yarnell Hill Fire
200 firefighters, 3 Type 1 crews, 2 Type 3 crews, 4 engines and several air tankers.
1,300 acres

YARNELL, Ariz. -- Nineteen firefighters have died while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire northwest of the Valley.

Media sources say Prescott Fire spokesman Wade Ward confirmed that members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died while battling the blaze.

One other firefighter was able to survive. Details about that person's injuries were not revealed.

The Yarnell Hill Fire started Friday night, and is 1,300 acres in size.

The Yarnell Fire Department says residents of Yarnell, Peeples Valley, Buckhorn, Model Creek Subdivision homes and the Double Bar A Ranch have been ordered to evacuate.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office was going door to door Sunday notifying residents of the evacuation order.

Residents and small animals are being evacuated to the the Yavapai Community College. Large animals are being taken to the Hidden Springs Ranch.

The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has also opened a reception and care center inside the gymnasium at Yavapai College.

The cause of the Yarnell Hill Fire is lightning.

Motorists should also be on alert when driving in the area.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says about 15 miles of State Route 89 have been closed due to the fire.

The closure extends from milepost 269 to milepost 285. Interstate 17 or US 93 are being suggested as alternate routes.