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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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City in grief after 19 firefighters die in wildfire

The Prescott fire chief said his organisation and city were in grief after 19 firefighters from his department died in the wildfire blaze.

We're an organisation and a city that's in grief. We grieve for the families, we grieve for the department and we grieve for the city.

– Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said the tragedy was "as dark a day" as she could remember.

This is as dark a day as I can remember. It may be days or longer before an investigation reveals how this tragedy occurred, but the essence we already know in our hearts: fighting fires is dangerous work.

– Governor Jan Brewer

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