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Firefighters take advantage of cooler temperatures at night to use 'dip torches' to burn the ground and starve the Cedar Fire of fuel early Monday morning.

Low humidity and high temperatures continued through Tuesday, enabling the Cedar Fire consume another 10,000 acres, southwest of Pinetop-Lakeside in Arizona's white mountains. Officials said they were reviewing how to protect buildings in Cedar Creek, and staging supplies in case the fire succeeded in burning further south. Read more»

The Cedar fire from an airplane at 8:30 a.m. Monday. The fire burned through 14,000 acres on Sunday night, fueled by high temperatures and low humidity.

Fueled by high temperatures and low humidity, the Cedar Fire grew 14,000 acres on Sunday, burning through hundreds of acres southwest of Pinetop-Lakeside, in Arizona's White Mountains. A pre-evacuation notice was given to area residents, and power lines were switched off to protect firefighters. Read more»

Crews on the night shift get their operational briefing at a staging area on Hwy60.

The growth of a wildfire near Show Low slowed Thursday afternoon, but could still cross a threshold that would force authorities to order an evacuation for several communities in Navajo County, including Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, McNary, Fort Apache and Hon-Dah. Read more»

A U.S. Military M9 Bayonet affixed to an M4 Carbine.

A review of state-level data for the Department of Defense Excess Property Program shows the Pinal County Sheriff's Office receiving 257 bayonets and police departments in Tucson, Pinetop-Lakeside and Payson receiving 150, 30 and 10, respectively. Read more» 2

A remote-control camera captured this image of a black bear at Tonto National Monument in 2009.

After the Payson area saw three black bear attacks last year, officials are rolling out a Bear Aware campaign. It includes bear-proof storage containers and tips for keeping bears from visiting campsites. Read more»

A remote-control camera captured this image of a black bear at Tonto National Monument in 2009.

The fatal black bear attack on a woman in Pinetop this summer is a sobering reminder that development is bringing people closer to a creature that’s shy by nature but a predator at heart. Read more»