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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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.

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