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The Fire on the Rim mountain bike race Aug. 6 is to raise funds for fire suppression work in Pine and Strawberry.

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August mountain bike race will benefit fire suppression

It’s called the Fire on the Rim, but the proceeds from it will be used to insure there never is a fire on the rim. The benefit is an inaugural mountain bike race to be held Aug. 6 on trails around the tiny mountain hamlets of Pine and Strawberry. The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee is sponsoring the race, and a portion of the proceeds will be used to maintain and improve a fuel break around the two towns that was originally put in by the Tonto National Forest. PSFR Committee members, including Ernie Borgoyne, are lauding the event highly beneficial to all in the area because “our area is very volatile in regards to possible wildfire, and excessive woodland fuels must be removed.” His warning is certainly timely based on what is occurring in Eastern Arizona with the Wallow Fire. The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona is helping the committee host the first-ever bike race that is expected to attract biking enthusiasts from around Arizona. “We are expecting a large field,” said Borgoyne.

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