June 22, 2012
“It was pretty scary for our crews to be out in front of that if you can imagine.” Dave Bales Incident commander trainee
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A packed crowd alarmed by a week of smoke and fear heaved a collective sigh Wednesday night in Heber-Overgaard after fire officials assured them that the 12,000-acre Poco Fire is still more than 20 miles away from the community of 3,000. However, the fire continues to grow and spew smoke, which could affect breathing and health.