June 29, 2012
The Forest Service has vowed to keep closures in effect until the region gets a substantial amount of monsoon rain.
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Rim Country’s yearned-for monsoons mostly fizzled this week, with near-record heat and dryness setting in once more for the weekend, according to U.S. Weather Service forecasts. Payson has received about one-quarter its normal rainfall since January and the entire Salt and Verde River watersheds have received about half their normal rainfall, making it the 16th driest runoff season in the 114-year-old historical record, according to the Salt River Project.