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The Willow Fire claimed a Smokey Bear sign, as though to offer commentary on a century of fire suppression.

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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.


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