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.
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