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Yarnell Hill Fire (AZ) Now 100 Percent Contained

The fire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters and scorched thousands of acres of Arizona wildland has been 100 percent contained, reports NBC News.

Hundreds were evacuated to the neighboring towns of Wickenburg and Prescott and roads were shut, as more than 700 firefighters battled to control the inferno.   

They included the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew, who tragically died June 30 as they tackled the fire.

Their colleagues had little time to grieve as gusty winds and extreme heat fanned the flames, but now 15 days after it started, the fire is under control.

“Every fire is unique,” Joint Information Center spokesman Dan Ware told AZ Central. “This fire presented a challenge in that the safety of the firefighters from a mental standpoint had to be focused on.”

He added that remaining crews are walking the charred perimeter of the fire ensuring that the firelines will hold and beginning to restore the habitat.

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