More crews headed to fire that killed 19 firefighters

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YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - More crew members and a top-level management team are headed to an out-of-control wildfire in Arizona that killed 19 elite firefighters and destroyed much of a small town.

A total of 250 firefighters and support personnel were assigned to the fire in Yarnell as of Sunday.

The Daily Courier in Prescott reported that the fire had grown to 2,000 acres by early Monday.

The lightning-sparked fire also destroyed 200 homes and sent hundreds fleeing from the town of about 700 residents about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.

It was the most firefighters killed battling a wildfire in the U.S. in decades.

Spokesmen for fire managers did not immediately respond to requests for comment early Monday.

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