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The 1990 Dude Fire claimed the lives of six firefighters. It also charred more than 24,000 acres and about 60 homes were destroyed, including author Zane Grey’s historic cabin. Some 2,600 people fought the fire.

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Dude Fire revealed monster that still stalks Rim Country

Exhibit examines lessons in tragic deaths of six firefighters 20 years ago when blunders and courage confronted a hurricane of flame

Their fate was sealed five miles overhead as the top of the roiling mushroom cloud of hot air began to disintegrate.

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