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Yarnell Hill memorial construction begins

An honor guard presents families with an American flag during a memorial service at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Ariz., Tuesday, July 9, 2013, for the 19 Granite Mountain hotshot firefighters that were killed on June 30 while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski, Pool)

An honor guard presents families with an American flag during a memorial service at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, July 9, 2013, for the 19 Granite Mountain hotshot firefighters that were killed on June 30 while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski, Pool)

PRESCOTT — Construction has begun on a cemetery memorial for 19 firefighters killed in an Arizona wildfire last year.

The Daily Courier reports that each firefighter will have a plot and a bronze grave marker at the state-owned Pioneers Home Cemetery in Prescott.

The plots are surrounded by a 2-foot wall where mourners can sit.

Officials say 10 of the Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters are already buried there.

They say there is room for family members to be buried alongside them.

The state designated a new section of the cemetery for the hotshots and charged $100 per gravesite, instead of the usual $900.

All but one of the 20 Hotshots on the Prescott-based crew perished in the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, 2013.

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