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A wildfire that began sweeping around the small mountain town of Yarnell, Ariz., on Friday June 28 has already become the deadliest disaster of its kind since 1933, claiming the lives of 19 of the 20 elite Granite Mountain Hotshots crew, firefighters known for their physical strength and endurance.

More than 400 firefighters have since been dispatched to help battle the blaze that has burned 8,000 acres of land and destroyed 200 structures in the retiree community of about 700 residents.

 (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

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