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Fire Fighters Mourn Loss of AZ Hot Shots

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Missoula hot shot crews work side-by-side with Arizona fire crews every fire season, and on Monday, they said they're mourning the loss of their fellow hot shots.

Officials with the Lolo National Forest said Missoula firefighters in Missoula view Arizona and New Mexico crews as family members.

They said those two states have an earlier fire season in June and July, and Montana crews head south every summer to help fight fire.

When Montana's fire season starts up in mid-late July, Arizona and New Mexico hot shots come to their aid.

Missoula city fire chiefs said they also send aid to Arizona, and currently have a small crew and an engine, just north of the Yarnell Hill wildfire.

Montana state fire officials said they plan to send out a public statement regarding the loss of the hot shots.

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