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The governor of Arizona has announced flags at all state buildings will be fly at half-staff for 19 days, through July 19. That’s one day for each of the 19 elite firefighters who died battling the Yarnell Hill fire near Prescott. Today the nearly 600 firefighters on the scene stopped their work for a moment of silence in honor of those heroes. The pause came as the convoy of vehicles used by the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots were driven from the scene and back to Prescott, where the team was based. Some progress is being made in fighting the flames.
Here’s the AC360 411:
19 – The number of Granite Mountain Hotshots killed in the Yarnell Hill fire, making it the deadliest in Arizona history.
200 – The number of homes, other structures destroyed in the fire.
8,400 – The number of acres burned southwest of Prescott, Arizona.
13 – The amount of square miles impacted by the fire.
596 – The number of firefighters on the scene.
8% – The amount of the fire contained.
33 – The number of active large wildfires burning across America.
22,470 – The total number of wildfires across the U.S. this year, so far. That’s below the 10-year average of 38,553 fires.
1,702,247 – The acres burned across America this year, below the 10-year average of 2,493,759 acres.
7 – The number of large wildfires currently burning in Nevada, the state with the most activity followed by Alaska and Arizona with 5 fires each.
Post by: Maureen Miller
Filed under: AC360° 411 • Weather • Wildfires
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