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Arizona fans clash with police after Basketball team loss

Police fired teargas and arrested at least 15 people after Arizona Wildcats lost 64-63 in overtime to Wisconsin in the NCAA West Region final in Tucson.

There were no reports of injuries to fans or officers, and those that were arrested were for offenses such as resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly.

Officers in riot gear responded by launching pepper spay in their attempts to break up the crowds, which cleared from the streets by 10pm.

Thousands gather to pay tribute to fallen US firefighters

Thousands of people have descended on a sports hall in central Arizona to pay tribute to the 19 elite firefighters who died trying to control a wildfire in the US state on June 30.

Firefighters pray in front of a memorial dedicated to the 19 firefighters Credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The mourners included US Vice President Joe Biden and firefighters from around the country including one, Brendan McDonough, who survived the wildfire while his comrades fell around him.

Mourners wait for the start of the memorial service in Prescott Valley, Arizona Credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A 6,000-seat sports hall in Prescott Valley, where the memorial service is to be held, was completely filled and organisers had to set up giant screens outside.

A fence in Prescott, Arizona has become a virtual shrine to the firefighters with hundreds of mementos left Credit: REUTERS/Mike Blake

Arizonans pay tribute to 19 firefighters killed in wildfire

Elite firefighters in the US city of Prescott have gathered to remember 19 colleagues who were killed battling a wildfire in Arizona at the weekend.

Many of them were visibly upset as they held a moment of silence during a memorial service.

Firefighters mourn during a moment of silence for the 19 firefighters who died at a memorial service in Prescott, Arizona Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Other members of the public paid tribute to their sacrifice at a makeshift memorial where they left flowers, prayers and US flags.

A photo of Wade Parker, one of 19 firefighters who died Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Lott
A woman carries her dog as she views a makeshift memorial in Prescott, Arizona Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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Firefighters up against 2,000-acre wildfire in Arizona

Firefighters have been working to bring a wildfire under control close to the US town of Yarnell, about 90 miles north-west of Pheonix, Arizona.

The 'A' marks Yarnell in Arizona where wildfires are being fought Credit: Google Maps

The local press is reporting that state authorities plan to call in federal help to battle the 2,000-acre blaze.

About 200 firefighters are working to control the blaze, which has destroyed several homes in the community.

Wildfires in Arizona claim lives of 19 firefighters

Nineteen firefighters were killed battling a fast-moving wildfire menacing a small town in central Arizona, the US Wildland Fire Aviation service said on Sunday.

The firefighters died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, near the small town of Yarnell about 80 miles (128km) northwest of Phoenix, the service said in a Facebook post.

The fire has charred about 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of chapparral and grass since Friday amid tinder-dry heat wave conditions, leading to scores of evacuations near Yarnell.