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Q: Are there any prescribed burns coming up?

A: Yes, if the monsoons don't delay them and conditions remain pretty much as they've been for the past few days. According to U.S. Forest Service Fire Prevention Officer Gary Roberts, there will be a series of prescribed burns through the week beginning Sunday, June 15. The burns will be conducted in Rim Trail near the Verde Glens, the Camp Geronimo area, and Ashmo, which is in the Christopher Creek/Hunter Creek area.

Q: I have a friend who lives in Mesa del Caballo whose house got flooded during the storm that moved through the area last Thursday. What happened out there?

A: Apparently the community of about 350 homes off Houston Mesa Road northeast of Payson took the brunt of the storm that moved through the Rim country shortly after 4 p.m., July 5. Mesa del Caballo Fire Chief Frank Hansen said "a half dozen homes were flooded, most in the area of Dukes Road." There were also reports of a collapsed carport, roof damage from thumb-sized hail, and "lots of washouts." One resident's rain gauge recorded 2.6 inches of precipitation in less than an hour.

Q: A copy of the "Eastern Arizona College Gila Campus Class Schedule Spring 2002" was recently included in the Roundup. What is the Gila Campus and why the spring schedule? Why not the fall schedule for the Payson campus?

A: The fall schedule for the Payson campus is included in the class schedule you received. It has covers on both sides, one for spring and one for fall. Flip it over to the Fall 2001 side and turn to page 26 for the Payson class offerings.

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