Biden to attend firefighter memorial service in Arizona

Vice President Biden will attend a memorial service in Arizona next week for the 19 firefighters killed fighting a wildfire there, Biden's office confirmed Friday.

A man places a memento on a make-shift memorial outside Fire Station 7 in Prescott, Arizona, USA, 04 July 2013, for the 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire. The fire has destroyed 129 homes, spread to 8,400 acres and is 45 per cent contained as firefighters continue to battle the blaze. EPA/MICHAEL NELSON
A man places a memento on a make-shift memorial outside Fire Station 7 in Prescott, Arizona, for the 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire. EPA/MICHAEL NELSON

Biden be in the Prescott area on Tuesday to help commemorate the 19 were killed in the Yarnell fire in a forest northwest of Phoenix this week. It was the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. in at least 30 years.

The White House has not said whether President Obama will travel to Arizona. Obama, who was on a trip to Africa for the first part of the week, called Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Monday to receive an update on the situation and express his condolences.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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