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Fire managers this week lifted evacutation orders for several neighborhoods near Kingman evacuated when the 5,400-acre Dean Peak Fire (above) was raging. Monsoon rains helped crews supported by air tankers get the fire 65 percent contained by Monday.

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On the brink of the deadliest fire season in decades, federal agencies cut the ranks of their wildlands firefighters by 600, thanks to the automatic spending cuts contained in the “sequester” that grew out of the budget standoff in Congress.

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