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Highway near site of Hotshots' deaths reopens

The Associated Press

7/10/2013

YARNELL, Ariz. — The 15-mile stretch of Arizona highway that runs past where a wildfire killed 19 Prescott firefighters has reopened, and the entrapment site near Yarnell is visible from a new public overlook.

Drivers who stop at the site alongside Highway 89 near Yarnell will be able to see a flagpole in the distance that marks the site where the Granite Mountain Hotshots were trapped by a fire on June 30.

Officials shuttled family members and visiting Hotshot crews to the site on Tuesday. The Arizona Department of Transportation on Wednesday reopened the stretch of Highway 89 that had been closed since June 30.

The fire is 90 percent contained but fire activity has essentially ended except for making sure that smoldering embers don't reignite homes in Yarnell.

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