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Close call: The Water Wheel Fire produced a mass of flames that came within a quarter-mile of Beaver Valley before aerial bombers dropping fire suppressant, and a sharp shift in the winds drove the flames up Diamond Rim, effectively trapping a dangerous fire.
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Dodged the bullet

Rain, winds firefighters trap 773-acre blaze as evacuees return home

Residents of Beaver Valley cheered at a Forest Service briefing in the high school gym last night when they learned that not only did their homes survive a fierce, wind-whipped fire on Sunday, but they could all go home as of 9 p.m. Monday night.

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