Wind calm at deadly Ariz. fire but storms a threat

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Prescott and other area department firefighters embrace during a memorial service, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz., The service was held for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew firefighters who were killed Sunday, when an out-of-control blaze overtook the elite group. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Higher humidity overnight helped make conditions at a deadly Arizona fire a bit less volatile.

But fire spokeswoman Karen Takai says the Yarnell Hill Fire is still zero percent contained, and thunderstorms that bring little rain and a lot of lightning are a major threat because of the dry vegetation.

She says winds are calm Tuesday morning but thunderstorm cells were already visible.

At last count, about 500 firefighters are on the scene, with more on the way.

The Yarnell fire has burned about 8,400 acres, or about 13 square miles.

It killed 19 firefighters Sunday when they were overtaken by the flames.

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