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CBS 5 & 3TV : AHS Deployed to Backbone Fire Near Payson

Written by: Kimberly Ring
News Highlights:
  • As the state’s designated responder for animals in distress during natural disasters, AHS has been deployed to the Backbone Fire, Northwest of Payson, AZ to assist the Humane Society of Central Arizona.
  • AHS has initially deployed a team of six staff members, including a veterinarian and Emergency Animal Medical Technician™, as well as an EAMT ambulance, AKC Disaster Trailer and transport vehicle full of supplies to help shelter and provide medical treatment to any animal evacuees in need.
  • Fire evacuees are encouraged to take their pets to Rim Country Middle School at 304 S. Meadow Street, Payson, AZ 85541. For those in need of emergency assistance, please call 9-1-1 immediately. If you have been affected or displaced by the wildfire and need help, contact the American Red Cross at or call 1.800.842.7349.
  • For updates, resources and ways to help, visit
June 23, 2021