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Campers light dangerous rash of illegal fires

Careless campers lit at least 70 illegal campfires last weekend on the the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, despite repeated warnings, a ban on almost all fire-related activities and extreme fire danger, according to the Forest Service.

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Prescribed fire treatment set for Verde Glen

Tonto National Forest crews will burn 500 acres either Tuesday, March 5 or Wednesday, March 6 off Forest Road 32 south of Verde Glen. Smoke in the treatment areas may linger through Sunday, March 10.

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Thursday forum focuses on smoke effects

Northern Arizona University researchers on Thursday will host a public forum on how Payson residents feel about the health and psychological effects of smoke from thinning projects drifting into the community.

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