Arizona Fire Now 45% Contained

Yarnell Hill blaze has ravaged 8.4K acres

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 4, 2013 2:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Arizona wildfire that killed 19 elite firefighters has been 45% contained, up from an official figure of 8% yesterday, as teams link fire lines, the Arizona Republic reports. "We’ve had a very productive day today," an official said yesterday. Authorities said they hadn't seen any signs of further deaths, though they plan to check door-to-door. The fire has burned 8,400 acres and damaged 129 buildings. Some 600 firefighters are battling the blaze, says the official.

This aerial photo shows Yarnell, Ariz. on Wednesday, July 3, 2013,  in the aftermath of the Yarnell Hill Fire.
This aerial photo shows Yarnell, Ariz. on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in the aftermath of the Yarnell Hill Fire.   (AP Photo/Tom Tingle)
Cooper Carr, right, a Sedona Firefighter and formerly of the Prescott Hot Shots, hugs Prescott Fire Captain Kevin Keith during a vigil for the 19 firefighters.
Cooper Carr, right, a Sedona Firefighter and formerly of the Prescott Hot Shots, hugs Prescott Fire Captain Kevin Keith during a vigil for the 19 firefighters.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace)
Homes burn as the Yarnell Hill Fire approaches Glenn Ilah on Sunday, June 30, 2013 near Yarnell, Ariz.
Homes burn as the Yarnell Hill Fire approaches Glenn Ilah on Sunday, June 30, 2013 near Yarnell, Ariz.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)
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