19 firefighters unaccounted for battling Arizona wildfire

July 1, 2013 05:56

PHOENIX - Nineteen firefighters are unaccounted for after they lost contact with teams battling a fast-moving wildfire menacing a small town in central Arizona, authorities said on Sunday.

The missing firefighters were fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, near the small town of Yarnell about 80 miles (128 km) northwest of Phoenix, fire incident spokesman Mike Reichling told Reuters.The fire has charred about 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of chaparral and grass since Friday, leading to scores of evacuations near Yarnell.

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