May 25, 2012
Weary firefighter trudges towards the Bull Fire near Young to keep it from crossing fire line.The fire is nearly fully contained.
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The two wildfires burning closest to Payson have behaved themselves this week, despite continued “red flag” conditions. The Sunflower Fire remains at about 16,000 acres, but is now 43 percent contained. Only 84 firefighters continue to monitor the borders of the fire, located about 21 miles south of Payson. Although smoke from the fire remained ominous from Payson to Sunflower, the fire remained trapped between two previous burns. The flames continue to consume pockets of thick brush and chaparral in the Mazatzal Wilderness, but firefighters don’t think it can escape its confinement.