Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Arizona Wildfire Claims 19 Firefighters

fireAn Arizona fire chief says a wildfire that killed 19 members of his crew was moving fast and fueled by hot and dry conditions.  Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo said in a news conference that the department is grieving the loss of so many of its members. 

The fire started with a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres by Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures.   

In a statement, Governor Jan Brewer said it will take days or longer to reveal how the tragedy occurred.  She called Sunday "as dark a day as I can remember." 

United States Representative Paul Gosar shot off a series of tweets Sunday night sending his condolences to those affected.  He said his office will remain in contact with emergency responders and would offer help to those who needed it.

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