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Updated Aug 19, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Fire burning near Yarnell reaches 5 percent containment

PHOENIX -- About 100 firefighters are battling a 450-acre blaze Monday near Yarnell, and have managed 5 percent containment.

The lightning-caused French Gulch Fire is about 6 miles east of Yarnell and moving north, northeast and was not threatening homes in Yarnell or Peeples Valley.

The fire started Saturday.

The terrain is extreme and Arizona State Forestry said there is no road access to transport crews so they will use helicopters for water drops.

Between 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, the blaze made a 300-acre run across the oak brush, grass, chaparral and juniper vegetation.

Nineteen Granite Mountain Hotshots died in June battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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