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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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Firefighters gain ground against Arizona wildfire

Fire officials have said they are gaining ground against a deadly wildfire in the US state of Arizona after it claimed the lives of 19 firefighters at the weekend.

While the fire remained dangerous and unpredictable, it is no longer burning out of control and fire managers expect to report some measure of containment by day's end.

"We gained some ground ... it's been a pretty good day, and the fire has stayed mostly parked where it was 24 hours ago," said Jim Whittington, a spokesman for the incident commander.

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