January 16, 2009
The Forest Service has raced to use controlled burns to create buffer zones around Rim communities menaced by fires starting in an unhealthy forest crowded with 1,000 trees per 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.