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Updated Sep 5, 2013 - 9:02 am

Prescott to take down informal memorial for Hotshots

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Plans have been announced for the dismantling of an informal memorial created in Prescott for the 19 firefighters killed June 30 in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Prescott officials said the fire department and volunteers on Tuesday will begin removing the memorial that was set up outside the Granite Mountain Hotshots' station.

The firefighters perished when winds drove flames into their position in a brush-choked canyon near Yarnell. The crew was part of the Prescott Fire Department.

In the days afterward, people placed firefighting gear, clothing, flowers and other items outside the station in honor of the firefighters.

The city said items will be removed and sorted for temporary storage and possible use in a future permanent memorial.

Planning for the permanent memorial is in its infancy.

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