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Friday's Gallery June 29, 2012

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Firefighting helicopters staged at the Payson Airport while battling the 12,000-acre Poco Fire, which didn’t grow over the weekend.

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Crews now mopping up Poco Fire near Young

Forest Service begins pulling crews off the fire line with 65 percent containment

Crews continued to labor over the weekend to contain and start mopping up the 11,950-acre Poco Fire that started on June 14 from human causes about six miles northeast of Young. Crews had the fire 65 percent contained on Monday, with fire lines holding over the weekend. The fire essentially trapped itself by burning through the heavy brush and ponderosa pine forest up against the Bull Fire, which scorched the area farther to the north earlier this spring. Crews got a break as the buildup of moisture and the faint start of monsoon conditions boosted humidity to 21 percent and cooled the temperature down into the 70s and 80s.

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