400 firefighters now at Ariz. blaze that killed 19


Associated Press

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - Four hundred firefighters are now battling the Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters.
Yavapai Community Health Services says 200 more firefighters have joined the fight. Hundreds of people are evacuated, and shelters are set up for residents.
An automated call warning people to evacuate was sent, and sheriff's officers are going door-to-door to make sure people get out of their homes.
The lightning-sparked fire - which had exploded to about 13 square miles by Monday morning - destroyed about 50 homes and threatened 250 others in and around Yarnell, a town of 700 people in the mountains about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.

Earlier story:

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - More crew members and a top-level management team are headed to an out-of-control wildfire in Arizona that killed 19 elite firefighters and destroyed much of a small town.
A total of 250 firefighters and support personnel were assigned to the fire in Yarnell as of Sunday.
Fire managers say another four Hotshot crews are on the way. They typically have 20 members each.
The Daily Courier in Prescott reported that the fire had grown to 2,000 acres by early Monday.
The lightning-sparked fire also destroyed 200 houses and sent hundreds fleeing from the town of about 700 residents about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.
Spokesmen for fire managers did not immediately respond to requests for comment early Monday.

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