Captain Rick: The Yarnell Hill Wildfire, ignited by a lightning strike, exploded with powerful winds that took the lives of 19 firefighters. This is the deadliest wildfire in America since 1933 and has claimed the worst loss of firefighters since 9/11.
I broke this story yesterday as it unfolded via an ‘Atridim Breaking News’ report via email:
Yarnell is located on AZ 89 between Wickenburg and Prescott, about 50 miles NW of Phoenix.
The Prescott Courier reports 18 firefighters have been killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire in the Town of Yarnell.
The fast-moving fire has burned 250 structures in the Town of Yarnell and grown to 2,000 acres, command center officials said Sunday night.
About 400 people live in Yarnell and several hundred reside in Peeples Valley, according to the latest census.
The fire has closed about 15 miles of State Route 89, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The fire which broke out Friday after a lightning strike about four miles from Yarnell, said Arizona State Forestry Division spokeswoman Carrie Dennett.
Two hundred firefighters are trying to gain an upper hand on the wildfire.
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