Yarnell, Arizona wildfire: Hundreds evacuated as crews fight rapidly moving inferno

Hundreds of people have evacuated their homes terrified by a wildfire near the Arizona town of Yarnell where a 2013 blaze killed 19 members of an elite firefighting crew.

250 to 300 people left their homes in the town as the fire grows to 600 acres. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity overnight will slow down the blaze.

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Some residents on the town’s east and west sides were being told to evacuate their homes as a precaution.

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An aerial video of the current situation:

There have been no reports of injuries.

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About 140 firefighting personnel are battling the blaze, supported by three air tankers and two helicopters making blaze suppression drops.

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Three unoccupied buildings have burned but no homes have been lost near Yarnell, about 60 miles northwest of Phoenix.

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Here the same plane in video:

The cause of the blaze is unknown and investigations have already ruled out lightning.

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The fast moving fire is still under control:

In 2013, a wildfire in the the Yarnell Hill killed 19 firemen and destroyed 130 homes in the area.

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Hopefully this tragedy will not duplicate.

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