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Experts say decades of managing tribal forest helped stop Wallow Fire at reservation

For decades, the White Mountain Apache Tribe has cleared young trees, logged larger trees and burned underbrush to replicate the natural burn-and-growth cycle of the Ponderosa pine forest. Jonathan Brooks, tribal forest manager for the tribe, said that made it easy for firefighters to create a backfire here to deprive the approaching Wallow Fire of fuel.

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Blazing the General Crook Trail (access required)

Today, we travel across this diverse landscape on paved roads, in air-conditioned comfort and with radios blaring, unaware of the early pioneers who braved Arizona’s roughest land to lay trails. In remote and untouched areas of Arizona, the old trails remain, where the history of the pioneers’ experiences are remembered.

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