Firefighters gain ground against deadly Arizona blaze

By REUTERS
July 3, 2013 04:46

 
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PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Firefighters gained ground on Tuesday against the sprawling blaze in central Arizona that killed 19 members of an elite crew over the weekend in the worst loss of life in a US wildfire in 80 years, officials said.

While the fire remained dangerous and unpredictable, it was no longer burning out of control, and fire managers expected to report some measure of containment by day's end, officials for the fire command team told Reuters.

"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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