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Flames from the Poco Fire closed State Route 288, the main road into Young from Rim Country and threatened power lines.

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Young wildfire expands to 3,700 acres

Crews plan backfires to trap blaze

A wind-whipped fire six miles north of Young has expanded to 3,700 acres and injured at least one firefighter, who was hospitalized when the fall of a burned tree broke his leg. The Payson Airport became a major staging ground for the air assault on the fire that has claimed no structures, but now threatens a major APS power line.

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