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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Arizona: #YarnellHillFire Burnover / Entrapment, 20 Firefighters involved in a very serious incident #AzFire

Update: It's with shock and regret that we advise you that 19 Firefighters have died in the Line of Duty. The Prescott Fire Department is stating that 19 firefighters have died while operating at the Yarnell Hill fire tonight night.

Update: Last reports are that they have been located and multiple EMS helicopters have been requested.


We've been advised that Wickenburg (AZ) Community Hospital (NW of Downtown Phoenix) is expecting to treat numerous Firefighters who were trapped and injured operating at the fast-moving Yarnell Hill Fire (SW of Prescott).

 Fire crews were sent into the fire to find an estimated 19 Firefighters who were unaccounted for this evening. . 

The hospital was put on alert to expect several injured firefighters but did not know their conditions or the extent of their injuries. 

One report is that right now are that about 20 of the more than 250 firefighters operating at the nearly 2,000-acre fire were involved in a "very serious incident within an situation."

 The Yarnell Hill Fire was zero-percent contained as of last report.

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