June 30, 2013: Flames top a ridge as the Yarnell Hill Fire moves towards Peeples Valley, Arizona. (AP/The Arizona Republic) Local fire officials have confirmed that 19 firefighters have died while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in central Arizona. The Prescott Fire Department confirmed to MyFoxPhoenix that 18 firefighters, all part of a crew called the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots, had passed away Sunday evening. An official with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office later confirmed to Fox News that the death toll had risen to 19. Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo said at a news conference late Sunday that 22 firefighters were injured, and 8 required hospitalization. He described the fire, which started after a lightning strike Friday, as a fast-moving blaze fueled by hot, dry conditions. Temperatures reached into the triple digits across the state Sunday, with a similar forecast for the following day. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/01/19-firefighters-killed-battling-arizona-blaze/#ixzz2XmJ0YTHH Please, take a moment of silence for these brave souls and their family and friends.