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A firefighter works the line of a backfire during the effort to stop the Wallow Fire from destroying Alpine and Springerville. Only a cleared buffer zone saved the communities, say firefighters. The Payson Fire Department officials this week urged the town council to adopt a wildland fire code, but council members feared it would deter builders.

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Payson council balks at Firewise codes

The proposed adoption of a fire building code for new home construction set off a firestorm of opinions at a Payson Town Council study session Tuesday, with most councilors adamantly against the idea.

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