French Gulch Fire: More firefighters, aircrafts assigned to battle Arizona blaze

YARNELL, AZ - A wildfire burning five miles east of the communities of Yarnell and Peeples Valley in north-central Arizona is now 5 percent contained after charring an estimated 450 acres.

It's in the same region as the deadly Yarnell Hill fire. Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed June 30 when shifting wind swept flames over their position.

The state Forestry Division says the French Gulch Fire is burning in brush and low trees in extremely rugged terrain where there's no road access for firefighters.

Officials say about 100 personnel are battling the blaze from the air and ground and the fire's only activity now is on the western flank.

The lightning-caused fire started Saturday night and isn't threatening any structures at this time.

There's no full containment estimate yet.

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