January 16, 2009
. The 500,000-acre Rodeo-Chediski Fire (file photo, bottom, left) forced widespread evacuations and awoke forest managers to the severity of the risk.
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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.