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The firefighter statue at the Rim Country Museum in Green Valley Park, a memorial to fallen firefighters, is one of the community’s few pieces of public art.

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The deadly fires of 1961

With a slate of cool temperatures recently, it’s easy to forget that June usually heats up, and as temperatures rise, the risk of a major fire increases. There have been some wicked fires in years past. There was Rodeo-Chediski in 2002 and the “angry Dude” in 1990. But when you look for a combination of multiple fires and air fatalities, 1961 was a year for the ages.

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