New Mexico honors fallen Arizona firefighters

Posted at: 07/01/2013 6:43 PM | Updated at: 07/01/2013 11:01 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags flown at half-staff in honor of the 19 firefighters killed in Arizona.

The governor issued an executive order for flags to be lowered from Tuesday through sunset on Friday

Martinez said Monday the firefighter deaths hit close to home for New Mexico.

Just weeks ago, the Granite Mountain Hotshots from Prescott, Ariz., traveled to northern New Mexico to help battle a fast-moving fire that charred more than 37 square miles of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

On Sunday, the 19 firefighters - all members of the elite Hotshot crew - were killed when flames overcame them as they fought a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz. 

Martinez is asking New Mexicans to keep the firefighters' families in their thoughts and prayers

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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