Funeral services for 19 fallen firefighters to be held Tuesday;

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Funeral services for 19 fallen firefighters to be held Tuesday; VP Biden to attend

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Story by: Tim Lavigne, Meteorologist and Reporter

YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – There are more signs of progress in the fight against the wildfire that killed 19 firefighters near the town of Yarnell.

Electric power and propane company crews will begin restoring service today and inspect gas tanks for leaks or other damage.

A spokesperson for the Prescott Fire Department says the fire is now 80 percent contained.

13 on Your Side spoke with fire officials today.

They tell us the main areas where the fire is not contained are along the northwest corridor and to the southeast.  

Prescott Fire Department is working to strengthen the fire lines along those borders to get the fire fully contained.

Twelve fire crews, 18 engine crews, helicopter pilots and hundreds of volunteers have come in from surrounding counties that are working away from the fire area.

Locally, a fire crew from Rural Metro Fire Department spent yesterday raising money for the families of the fallen firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

Also, firefighter Robby Rodriguez from the Somerton/Cocopah Fire Department has volunteered his time to help efforts in the area.

The deadly wildfire has engulfed about 8,400 acres, and more than 13 square miles.

13 On Your Side spoke with Steward Turner, a fire behavioral analyst helping to battle the blaze.

He says that long hours of fighting the fire have taken a physical toll, but mentally, the firefighters are staying vigilant.

The Prescott Fire Department has not set a time table for when they believe the wildfire will be 100 percent contained.    

A memorial service for 19 Prescott-based hotshots who were killed while battling the Yarnell Hill wildfire over the weekend is scheduled for Tuesday.

A procession will begin at 11 a.m.

The service will be held at the Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. The arena holds 6,000 people. Crowds will be asked to stay outside, where a video feed will be provided.

 

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