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Members of the Prescott fire department embrace Monday as they arrive to listen in at a news conference in Prescott, Ariz.
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Members of the Prescott fire department embrace Monday as they arrive to listen in at a news conference in Prescott, Ariz.

The tragic loss of 19 firefighters in an Arizona wildfire is being felt by their counterparts in the Commonwealth.

Around the country, some of the most elite firefighters are called "hotshots," known for flying in to battle the most difficult, fast-moving fires on public lands.

One such group is based in Virginia. Michael Williams with the U.S. Forest Service says the loss of the Arizona firefighters is felt deeply among its ranks.

"It's always tough when something like this happens," Williams says. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people out there, especially the Granite Mountain Hotshots."

Williams says that, if needed, Virginia's hotshots could be sent to help battle the wildfires in Arizona.

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