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Containment of deadly Ariz. fire expected to jump

3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago July 04, 2013 Jul 4, 2013 Thursday, July 04 2013 July 04, 2013 1:15 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Fire managers expect containment of the Arizona wildfire that killed 19 Hotshots to increase quickly.

The Yarnell fire north of Phoenix is burning on about 13 square miles and is 45 percent contained.

Spokeswoman Karen Takai says that will begin to jump because crews are starting to connect the areas that already are contained on the northeast and southeast sections of the fire.

About 680 firefighters are on the scene.

Yarnell residents who were evacuated might be able to return home by this weekend.

Takai says winds are light, but gusts and thunderstorms are a threat, and it's still very dry.

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