(CNN) -- Eighteen firefighters battling a blaze in Arizona who were unaccounted for Sunday night have been confirmed dead, said Wade Ward with the Prescott Fire Department.
All were members of that city's fire department. It was not immediately clear how they died.
Earlier, an official with the Arizona State Forestry Division had said that as many as 19 were still missing.
The crew was fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, which broke out Friday northwest of Phoenix. The fire has grown to 1,000 acres, damaged three homes and forced the evacuations of residents in the communities of Peeples and Yarnell, forestry official Art Morrison said.
A fast-moving wildfire fueled by triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions resulted in the deaths of 19 members of the Prescott (Ariz.) Fire Department Sunday evening. 22 other firefighters suffered injuries, and 8 were hospitalized.
If God only calls home the best of us, then in the case of the Yarnell 19 I'd like to imagine it was to curb Hell's relentless advance. Right about now I hope the Devil is sweating knowing that 19 battle-hardened troops just arrived on the front. RIP 19.