ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)— Hundreds of firefighters are battling a deadly wildfire that is still burning out of control in Arizona. It killed 19 members of an elite fire crew as they battled the blaze Sunday.

Twenty-two others were injured.

In Maryland, Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman directed all flags lowered to half mast to honor them.

“I want to honor the brave men and women who lost their lives or were injured battling the wildfire in Arizona,” said County Executive Neuman. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen heroes and the Arizona community as they deal with this tragic loss.”

The wildfire was started Friday by a lightning strike.

The fallen firefighters were members of the “Hot Shots,” a specially trained, elite team of firefighters.


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