The wildfire sparked June 28 after a lightning stroke grass and chaparral in Yarnell, a town south of Prescott. Then, by June 30, extreme heat and high winds drove it out of control, trapping and killing 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew, who were attempting to control the fire.
A map of the tragedy revealed the blaze curled around the hotshots' location, leaving them unable to reach a nearby safety zone. A full investigation is being conducted by Jim Karels, Florida's state forester and Mike Dudley of the U.S. Forest Service, among other organizations.
On Tuesday, Gov. Jan Brewer asked President Barack Obama to declare the fire a federal disaster, said a press release from the governor's office.
The declaration would pair up with an individual assistance program that would allow residents, who lost their homes or whose homes were damaged, to receive funds for housing and other expenses not covered by insurance. Federal disaster designations are based upon the estimate of local damages.
AP reported that 129 homes and structures were destroyed by the blaze.
The deadly fire ceased on the same day the first funerals for some of the hotshots began.
On Tuesday, the entire nation honored the 19 fallen in a two-hour memorial at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott.
Vice President Joe Biden, Brewer, and Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall were among the ones who spoke at the moving ceremony.
Yarnell evacuees returned home Monday, AP reported.