Chris Carlson, Associated Press
PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Fire officials say they expect to have a deadly Arizona blaze up to 85 percent contained by Thursday night.
Operations section chief Carl Schwope of a multi-agency incident team says the blaze isn't actively burning and crews have been working to ensure any embers are out cold. It was 45 percent contained Thursday afternoon.
Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher says Peeples Valley residents will be able to return home Thursday evening.
Mascher says only those who can show proof of residency will be allowed past a checkpoint.
Evacuation orders for Yarnell remain in place.
The Yarnell Hill Fire was sparked by lightning on June 28. Two days later, violent winds fed the fire and took the Granite Mountain Hotshots by surprise, killing 19 members of the elite crew.
The fire has burned more than 100 structures on about 13 square miles.
- Georgia girl struck by plane on Florida beach...
- The Great War: 100 photos marking 100 years...
- Trial begins for Salt Lake attorney seeking...
- Ground Zero cross can stay at 9/11 museum,...
- US Court: Virginia marriage is for all lovers
- NCAA settles head injury suit, will change rules
- Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
- Navajo Generating Station, West's largest...
- US Court: Virginia marriage is for all... 43
- Federal land managers criticized over... 26
- Feds cap fines for not buying health... 22
- Obama maintains busy fundraising... 22
- After government topples crosses in... 19
- Fast food workers vow civil disobedience 15
- Gaza sides agree to lull but truce... 13
- Sarah Palin launches online... 10