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A property in Dolan Springs burns in this photo taken last March. Residents of the small community off U.S. 93 are worried over a lack of adequate fire protection and emergency medical help in the wake of budget-gutting legislation that impacted the state’s fire districts.

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Feeling burned in Dolan Springs

Budget woes leave vast district with three responders

The human cost of rapidly declining revenue for fire districts in Arizona can be found on the way to Las Vegas in Dolan Springs and Meadview, where waiting on help to arrive has turned into a frustrating and sometimes heartbreaking exercise in futility.