June 19, 2012
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Fire activity decreased Wednesday on the Poco fire. As a result of the work done overnight by firefighters, the fire is now 11,011 acres and 15 percent contained. Crews continue to hold and improve existing fire lines on the north, east and south sides of the fire. Thursday, crews will be watching for spot fires, holding the existing fire lines and mopping-up.
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.