The town of Yarnell, Arizona is under threat from wildfires which are blazing across the State
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Arizona wildfire: 'Weather conditions were recipe for disaster'

At least 19 US firefighters have been killed battling a wildfire in central Arizona, local officials say.

They died while fighting the blaze threatening the town of Yarnell, about 80 miles (130km) north-west of Phoenix.

It is the highest death toll for firefighters in a single incident since 9/11.

Jon Irula, a paramedic firefighter based in Lake Havisu in Arizona told BBC Breakfast: "We know that because of the thunderstorms and the dry heat they were experiencing very erratic fire behaviour and dealing with fatigue."

  • 01 Jul 2013
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