Arizona Wildfire Kills 19 Firemen, Consumes Nearly 2,000 Acres - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Arizona Wildfire Kills 19 Firemen, Consumes Nearly 2,000 Acres

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Battling fast-moving flames to save others, nineteen firefighters are now dead in an Arizona wildfire that has now consumed nearly 2,000 acres.

An Arizona forestry official said the firefighters got caught by the fire Sunday afternoon. The fire has destroyed about 200 homes in a Central Arizona community.

Officials say there are about 200 firefighters battling the fire. The nineteen killed were part of the "hotshot" crew, they dig a fire line and create an escape route. It's believed lightning sparked the wildfire.

No other injuries or deaths have been reported.