Arizona battles out of control wildfire that killed 19 firefighters

Hot winds blew a US wildfire out of control, killing 19 elite firefighters in the country's deadliest wildfire involving emergency workers for at least 30 years. The specially trained "hotshot" firefighters were forced to deploy their fire shelters - tent-like structures meant to shield them from flames and heat - when they were caught near the town of Yarnell, a state forestry spokesman said. The fire started on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres (809 hectares) on Sunday amid high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions. Officials ordered the evacuations of more than 50 homes in several communities. The National Fire Protection Association previously listed the deadliest wild fire involving firefighters as the 1994 Storm King Fire in Colorado. It killed 14 firefighters who were overtaken by a sudden explosion of flames. Source: APTN Get the latest headlines Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Google+ and are websites of The Daily Telegraph, the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, sport, lifestyle and culture.

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