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US wildfire '45% contained'

US fire officials have said that a deadly wildfire which claimed the lives of 19 firefighters is now 45 percent under control. The blaze in the state of Arizona has engulfed thousands of acres including large parts of the town of Yarnell.

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Around 1,000 people evacuated after Arizona wildfire

  • An elite team of 19 firefighters have been killed in the Arizona wildfire.
  • There have only been seven previous incidents in the last century that has seen as many or more firefighters killed, topped by the loss of 340 during the September 11 attacks.
  • Two towns, which lie southwest of Prescott, Arizona, have been evacuated.
  • Around 1,000 people live in the evacuated Yarnell and the adjoining town of Peeples Valley.
  • At least 200 structures, mainly houses, have been destroyed by the wildfire.
  • The blaze has charred more than 2,000 acres of land.

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