Hotshots killed in Ariz. fire remembered, mourned
The city of Prescott has released the names of the 19 firefighters who were killed in a wildfire. Fourteen of the victims were in their 20s.
Andrew Ashcraft-29, Kevin Woyjeck-21, Anthony Rose-23, Eric Marsh-43, Christopher MacKenzie-30, Robert Caldwell-23, Clayton Whitted-28, Scott Norris-28, Dustin Deford-24, Sean Misner-26, Garret Zuppiger-27, Travis Carter-31, Grant McKee-21,Travis Turbyfill-27, Jesse Steed-36, Wade Parker-22, Joe Thurston-32, William Warneke-25, John Percin, 24
Updated 7-1-13 at 8:33am
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.
An Arizona forestry official said 19 firefighters had died battling a fast-moving wildfire.
Forestry spokesman Art Morrison says the firefighters were caught by the fire Sunday afternoon near the central Arizona town of Yarnell. He says they were forced to deploy their fire shelters.
Earlier Sunday, the wildfire prompted evacuations of 50 homes in several communities about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix. Later Sunday afternoon, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office expanded the evacuations to include more residents in the town of Yarnell.
Morrison says several homes in the community of Glenisle have been burned. He says no injuries or deaths have been reported from that area.
About 200 firefighters are fighting the wildfire, which has also forced the closure of parts of state Route 89.