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More elite fire crews go to Arizona after 19 killed

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Dean Smith watches as the Yarnell Hill Fire encroaches on his home in Glenn Ilah on Sunday near Yarnell, Ariz. The fire started Friday and picked up momentum as the area experienced high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions.

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An Arizona fire chief says the wildfire that killed 19 members of his crew near Yarnell was moving fast and fueled by hot, dry conditions. The fire started with a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures.

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Homes burn as the Yarnell Hill Fire approaches Glenn Ilah, Ariz., Sunday. The fire started Friday and picked up momentum as the area experienced high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions. It has forced the evacuation of residents in the Peeples Valley area and in the town of Yarnell.

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An out-of-control blaze overtook an elite group of firefighters trained to battle the nation's fiercest wildfires, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. It was the most firefighters killed battling a wildfire in the U.S. in decades. The lightning-sparked fire, which spread to at least 2,000 acres amid triple-digit temperatures, also destroyed 200 homes and sent hundreds fleeing from Yarnell, a town about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix. Fire managers said a top-level management team and another four Hotshot crews were on the way Monday.
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    • Dean Smith watches as the Yarnell Hill Fire encroaches on his home in Glenn Ilah on Sunday near Yarnell, Ariz. The fire started Friday and picked up momentum as the area experienced high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions.
    • An Arizona fire chief says the wildfire that killed 19 members of his crew near Yarnell was moving fast and fueled by hot, dry conditions. The fire started with a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures.
    • Homes burn as the Yarnell Hill Fire approaches Glenn Ilah, Ariz., Sunday. The fire started Friday and picked up momentum as the area experienced high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions. It has forced the evacuation of residents in the Peeples Valley area and in the town of Yarnell.
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