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
Arizona Fire Now 45% Contained
This aerial photo shows Yarnell, Ariz. on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in the aftermath of the Yarnell Hill Fire.   (AP Photo/Tom Tingle)

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. (More Arizona stories.)

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