The ruins of some homes continued to smolder Friday, and cracks inside the many large boulders around town can hold hot embers for days. Crews need to be sure the town has cooled completely to avoid new flare-ups, said Jim Whittington, information officer for the Southwest Incident Management Team. Power lines and burned poles need to be replaced, and power cut to destroyed homes. Hundreds of propane tanks also have to be either removed or tested for leaks and repaired if necessary.
Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake were planning to meet with Yarnell residents on Friday and speak to members of the media afterward.
A memorial service for the firefighters is set for Tuesday, with Vice President Joe Biden expected to attend.
Autopsies of the firefighters showed they all died of either burns or inhalation issues, or a combination of both. Their bodies, in Phoenix for autopsies, are set to be returned home to Prescott on Sunday in a 75-mile procession. Each firefighter will be in a hearse, accompanied by motorcycle escorts, honor guard members and American flags.
Myers reported from Prescott, Christie reported from Phoenix. Associated Press writers Paul Davenport in Phoenix, Allen Breed in Prescott, Felicia Fonseca in Flagstaff and Martin Di Caro in Washington contributed to this report.