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Yarnell Hill Fire 100 Percent Contained



Almost two weeks after lightning sparked a fire that eventually burned through more than 8,400 acres, and killed 19 firefighters in the process, the Yarnell Hill Fire is 100 percent contained, according to fire officials.

People with homes in Yarnell and Peeples Valley already returned to their homes earlier this week -- that is, if their homes were not among the 114 structures destroyed in the blaze.

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A preliminary report on the investigation into the deaths of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, released late last week, says little more than that flames "entrapped" the firefighters.

"Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were entrapped when flames overran their position on June 30," the report states. "Eyewitnesses state that fire behavior was extreme with heavy winds. The crew of 19 deployed fire shelters late Sunday afternoon but did not survive."

A flagpole has been erected at the site where the firefighters deployed the shelters. The images below show the "deployment site" from the ground, as well as it what it looks like from the "overlook" -- which has been set up on State Route 89 as a memorial -- and a map, showing the site in relation to the town of Yarnell.




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