Posted: 10:34 p.m.
As nearly 13 square miles are scorched by the deadly Yarnell Hill fire, the devastation is also great within the communities.
Now, members of our local community are responding.
The Yuma Salvation Army has stepped up to help the operations of the Red Cross, as they take care of hundreds of evacuees and first responders.
Capt. Randy Hartt said his team is providing about 700 meals a day, as well as shelter, and spiritual support.
"I came out here late last night; there were people out by the memorial fence for the firefighters. And reading the things on the fence--I'm getting emotional here," Hartt said as he began to choke up. "Reading the things on the fence, and talking to the people who knew these firefighters--it's a tough situation. All you can do really is listen, cry with them, just be there."
Hartt and his team expect to off their support another two weeks.
Firefighter Robby Rodriguez from the Somerton-Cocopah department has also been in Prescott helping with business off the fire lines since Monday.
He's part of the Local Assistance State Team of Arizona, which deploys after line-of-duty deaths.
"It blows me away. The whole town, as you can imagine, has been affected by this because they know the firefighters and hold them in such high regard," Rodriguez said.
Two firefighters from the Yuma department are also expected to join him next week for the memorial service to honor the 19 who died, Rodriguez said.
Hartt said the biggest need right now is monetary donations.
The 100 Club of Arizona has set up a memorial fund for victims' families. Visit www.100.club.org to donate.
The Yuma Salvation Army and the Yuma Jaycees are also collecting donations.