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Yarnell Hill Fire Now Fully Contained After Killing 19 Firefighters

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In this file photo shot by firefighter Andrew Ashcraft, members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots watch a growing wildfire that later swept over and killed the crew of 19 firefighters near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday, June 30, 2013. Ashcraft texted the photo to his wife, Juliann, but died later that day battling the out-of-control blaze. The 29-year-old father of four added the message, "This is my lunch spot...too bad lunch was an MRE." (AP Photo/Courtesy of Juliann Ashcraft, File) | AP

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters in the country's highest such toll in decades is contained.

The U.S. Forest Service fire center said late Wednesday night that the Yarnell Hill Fire burned about 13 square miles. It started late last month in the mountains north of Phoenix.

Nineteen members of the elite crew Granite Mountain Hotshots from Prescott were killed June 30 when the out-of-control blaze overran them as they tried to protect the town of Yarnell.

The first funerals for the fallen firefighters began Wednesday, a day after thousands attended a memorial service for the men.

Estimates of how many structures were destroyed range from 114 to 129. Residents were allowed back in this week, and the road through the area reopened on Wednesday.

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