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Deadly Prescott, Arizona fire fully contained, fallen firefighters honoured

Blaze that killed 19 firefighters now 100 percent contained (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story)

Blaze that killed 19 firefighters now 100 percent contained (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story)


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Thursday, July 11, 2013, 10:20 AM -

The U.S. Forest Fire Service said late Wednesday night that the Yarnell Hill fire is now 100 percent contained.

The fire started late last month and burned through about 3,300 hectares of land.

The fire also claimed the lives of 19 members of the elite "Granite Mountain Hotshots" crew as the firefighters attempted to protect the town of Yarnell.

On Tuesday, thousands of people attended a memorial service for the men and the first funerals began on Wednesday.

Estimates show between 114 and 129 structures were destroyed in the fire. 

Residents were able to return to the area this week.

Two men place a hero sign in front of Prescott Fire Station #7 where the Granite Mountain Hotshots were based. (Image: AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace)

Two men place a hero sign in front of Prescott Fire Station #7 where the Granite Mountain Hotshots were based. (Image: AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace)

With files from The Associated Press

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