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19 firefighters have lost their lives battling a wildfire near the town of Yarnell in central Arizona. The West of the country is in the midst of a heatwave and have recorded near-record temperatures over the weekend which has increased the chances of wildfires.
The fire, which was started by lightening on Friday, spread rapidly. The dead were part of a specially trained ‘hotspot unit’. They are issued with special pop-up tent like structures that are meant to shield them from the fires if they become trapped, these were deployed but on this occasion failed to save them. Fire Chief Dan Frajio said:
“Something drastic happened…One of the last fail-safe methods a firefighter can do is literally to dig as much as they can down and cover themselves with a protective fire-resistant material, with the hope that the fire will burn over the top of them and they can survive it. Under certain conditions there’s usually only sometimes a 50% chance that they survive. It’s an extreme measure that’s taken under the absolute worst conditions.”
Two firefighters survived the incident and are receiving treatment at a burns center in Phoenix.
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