January 16, 2009
The three largest forest fires in state history have all menaced Rim Country. Fighting a fire can cost twice as much per acre burned as thinning that same acre.
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Forest managers scramble to prevent Rim residents from paying a fatal price for a century of mistakes
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.