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Jul 10, 2013 1:39 PM by Faye DeHoff

Final update on the deadly Yarnell Hill Fire; memorial sight visible today

PRESCOTT - The final update from the Yarnell Hill Fire has been released.

The fire began on June 28th at 5:30 p.m. west of State Highway 89 between Yarnell and Peeples Valley. It burned 8,377 acres and is now at 90% containment. It was caused by a lightning strike. 114 structures were destroyed. All evacuations have been lifted.

On June 30th, 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died when they became trapped by the wildfire. Two sets of memorial boards dedicated to the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots are now available for viewing. One set is posted at the intersection of Hwy. 89 and W. Hayes Ranch Road. A second set available for the first time today, can be seen from the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Overlook, established adjacent to Hwy. 89 in Yarnell. For the Yarnell overlook, a flagpole raised at the site where the firefighters died will be visible in the distance. Today, July 10th, access to the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Overlook in Yarnell will be by shuttle service ONLY from a parking area located at the intersection of Hwy. 89 and W. Hays Ranch Road. Vans will be available to transport individuals. Limited restroom facilities will be provided. Persons planning to visit the site today should plan for hot weather and long delays.

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