Posted: 10:25 p.m.
The Yarnell Hill fire that claimed the lives of 19 Prescott firefighters Sunday, continues to rage and is zero percent contained.
About 500 firefighters are fighting the 8,400-acre fire. Hundreds of homes are threatened.
At Yuma City Hall, flags are at half-staff to honor the fallen firefighters.
Their death is especially heartbreaking for the fire community.
"A single injury or death is a horrible tragedy, but something like this--it's hard to comprehend and especially so close to home," said Mike Erfert with the Yuma Fire Department.
He added that this loss would be the equivalent of the Yuma Fire Dept. losing at least six fire companies all at once.
"I's hard to find words to express that kind of loss," Erfert said.
The Yuma Fire Dept. has not been asked to assist in the Yarnell Hill fire.
However, as part of the Aizona Fire Chiefs Association, Somerton firefighter Robby Rodriguez is helping the Prescott Fire Department outside of the fire area.
Charly McMurdie with Yuma Rural/Metro Fire said she cannot imagine the pain of losing 19 from one's own department.
"We're all really saddened by it. It affects all of us. It doesn't just affect the industry, it kind of hits everyone in the heart. Even if you weren't part of the department. That's 19--19 families that have been affected by this loss."
A memorial fund for victims' families has been put together by the 100 Club of Arizona, an organization that raises money to assist first responders.
To donate, visit www.100club.org.
The Yuma Jaycees are also collecting donations. Contact Gwynn Roach at email@example.com.