January 16, 2009
Dan Eckstein pauses to survey his smoldering handiwork after directing a U.S. Forest Service crew conducting a controlled burn on a juniper-choked slope just outside of Payson.
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Dan Eckstein squinted up the steep slope crowded with towering, bushy junipers close on the edge of Payson. Then he casually touched the tip of his flaming torch to the closest branch.