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Controlled burns like this one last year south of Payson cleared brush and slash piles from 6,200 acres, helping to complete a thinned buffer zone around key Rim communities.

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Prescribed burn season tally — 6,200 acres

The Payson Ranger District this year burned three times as many acres of brush and debris piles as it planned, buying another precious year of breathing space for some of the most fire-threatened communities in the nation.

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