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Firefighters are setting backfires to combat the 12,000-acre Poco Fire near Young. Fire officials assured residents of Heber-Overgaard (below) that the blaze is more than 20 miles away from their community.

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Forest Road 512 Opens after Poco Fire

Containment at 75%

The Central West Zone Interagency Type 3 Team resources have completed rehabilitation tasks on the Poco Fire, northeast of Young, Arizona, including grading Forest Road 512 that connects travelers from the Payson area off of State Route 260 south to Young. Barring no new fire starts, FR 512 (Young Rd.) opens at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday.

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Fire Danger closes forests

Fossil Creek, portion of Roosevelt Lake restricted

It finally happened: Forest officials Thursday closed most of the forest north of Payson up to the Mogollon Rim due to extreme fire danger. A large swath of land remains open for public recreation, however, including most campgrounds south of Highway 260, the Tonto Natural Bridge and parts of the Hellsgate and Mazatzal Wilderness. However, the closure order also includes a big area south of town between Highways 87 and 188, including a portion of the southern shore of Roosevelt Lake. The closure order also includes all of Fossil Creek Canyon.

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