A procession carrying the bodies of the firefighters who died Sunday fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire heads down Grand Ave. toward the Maricopa County Medical Examiner''s office on Monday, July 1, 2013. Nineteen firefighters have died in the Yarnell Hill Fire that has ripped through half of the town and sent residents to Prescott for safety.
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In a photo provided by the Rio Grande National Forest, firefighting personnel at the West Fork Complex Incident Command in Del Norte, Colo., observe a moment of silence early Monday morning, July 1, 2013, for fellow firefighters killed Sunday fighting a wildfire in Yarnell, Ariz. The out-of-control blaze killed 19 firefighters, nearly all of them members of an elite crew of "hotshots," authorities said Monday. It was the nation''s biggest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years.
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Unidentified members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew from Prescott, Ariz., pose together in this undated photo provided by the City of Prescott. Some of the men in this photograph were among the 19 firefighters killed while battling an out-of-control wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., on Sunday, June 30, 2013, according to Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo. It was the nation''s biggest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years.
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Flowers hang on the fence outside the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew fire station, Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz. An out-of-control blaze overtook the elite group of firefighters trained to battle the fiercest wildfires, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. The disaster Sunday afternoon all but wiped out the 20-member Hotshot fire crew leaving the city''s fire department reeling.
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PHOENIX (AP) — A caravan of white vans carrying the bodies of 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell wildfire has arrived in Phoenix.
The vans reached the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office shortly after noon Monday.
They passed under the arched ladders of two fire trucks with a large American flag billowing from another vehicle on a turnoff road.
The medical examiner's office in Phoenix will conduct autopsies on all 19 fallen firefighters.
Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick says Yavapai County authorities asked for help because the rural county didn't have the resources to handle so many casualties.
Yarnell is about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix.
All 19 firefighters killed belonged to the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew headquartered in Prescott.
None of their names have been officially released.
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