A fire started by two boys playing with matches threatened the mountain community of Strawberry Friday afternoon.
The fire was ignited around 4 p.m. in the Fossil Creek creek bed just behind the Strawberry Lodge on Highway 87.
Winds and dry brush fueled the flames, which spread quickly to within 150 feet of nearby homes and businesses.
Thanks to a cooperative effort by area firefighting agencies the fire was extinguished without the loss of property.
Fast-acting residents, business owners and patrons initially joined together to attack the fire with fire extinguishers and hoses.
The two boys have taken responsibility for the blaze and an investigation in under way.
See more photos along with the full story and interviews from firefighters, law enforcement officials and residents in the Tuesday print edition of the Payson Roundup.