Arizona Fire Now 45% Contained
Yarnell Hill blaze has ravaged 8.4K acres
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 4, 2013 2:15 AM CDT
This aerial photo shows Yarnell, Ariz. on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in the aftermath of the Yarnell Hill Fire.   (AP Photo/Tom Tingle)

(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.

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kawahchan
Jul 4, 2013 10:25 AM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: At this time during Texas Governor RICK PERRY's 2014 re-election, we like to introduce a new bill to Austin, Texas, in order to reduce TOO CROWD of inmates, Texas' taxpayers like to hire the inmates to build our "Terraced Paddies On A Slope Of A Mountain" nearby the border of West Texas and New Mexico, in order to reduce wild fires and to increase the water conservancy.
AustinSpace
Jul 4, 2013 9:52 AM CDT
And there will be another fire by next week. You can't stop it. The South is burning up. Take a tip from birds and mammals all over the planet and seek higher latitudes.
wei2szu
Jul 4, 2013 5:15 AM CDT
We need to talk about secrets...is this really a percentage based business? Well, 100% of your fighters are dead. Who calculated that? What percentage of the people who can claim the victims will you pay out for? Really, what is your take?