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In 2012 Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction partnered with Tonto National Forest, Payson Ranger District, to thin 77 untreated acres south of Pine, creating a new fuel break protecting both Pine and the small community of Arrowhead Estates.  When PSFR raised enough private sector funds from the community to complete approximately half of the project, the Payson Ranger District stepped in with funds to complete the entire project.

The Arrowhead Canyon Fuel Break is helping to mitigate the danger presented by the tremendous fuel load at the mouth of two canyons leading directly up into Pine.

“…The resulting Arrowhead Canyon Fuel Break will prevent fires from roaring out of the steep canyon and straight into thickly forested Pine, rated as one of the most fire-menaced communities in the country.  PSFR and the Payson Ranger District fire specialists have an enviable history of partnership dating back to 2006 when PSFR raised funds to provide desperately needed maintenance on the 711-acre fuel break surrounding Pine and Strawberry,” said PSFR Project Manager Mike Brandt.”  

Payson Roundup, March 20, 2012

The following map shows the area that was successfully treated with this partnership

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