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    100,000 acres of some of the most beautiful land in Colorado is now on fire. Not as much smoke in Denver today, but I brushed ash off my car a few days ago. This is just sickening, and whoever started this fire should be hanged. I'll gladly provide the rope.

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    Fires do start naturally and clear out old growth and then new forests start up.

    I wouldn't want to be downwind of Denver right now, but the ecosystem will cope with it and recover.


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    True, but this one was started by an illegal campfire, and it's burning homes, animals, etc. The land will recover, but in the meantime, a lot of people are suffering.

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    Hershey, a close cousin of mine from Colorado is back in town for a visit. I forget which town they live in but he said the fire is about 2 hours from them. Anyways since they have been here it has done nothing but rain and they love it. Ummmmm tooo much rain though that flooding is going on. A couple of days ago some county's around here got between 4-7 inches of rain. Jeeesh I wish we could send it your way.

    They are leaving Tuesday thank god! We need to get the sun back out here plus I can't take anymore partying. :confused:

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    GameBoy, tell them to bring the rain with them!

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    It's always amazed me how one carless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire.<IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon38.gif>

    I'm about two hours north of the fire and we can smell the smoke. Yesterday it was making our eyes water and it's still quite hazy today. I helped fight a forest fire in the Red Feather Lakes area in 1980. Last weekend we drove through the area and it looks great now. The old, diseased trees are gone and the new forest looks great. The habitat for wildlife has greatly improved. It actually improved property values, too.

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    Hershey, I'll make sure he brings it back with him. Jeeez, my kids have about 20 baseball and softball games to make up.

    Ernie, I wonder if Fort Collins is where my cousin Robby lives. He is in the Army. He will only be there though until I think the 27th and then he has to do his time in Germany for 3 years. He's looking forward to Germany. Then 2 more years whereever and he's retired from the military. Jeeesh, he'll only be 42 and will be able to start a second career. Anyways, good luck to all you colorado. <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon14.gif>

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    How ironic...the fire was accidentally started by a US Park Service Ranger that was enforcing the fire ban....she was burning a letter from her divorced/seperated husband...She is now facing 15 years in jail.

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    Gameboy,

    I think Robby is stationed at Fort Carson. It's the only Army base I know of in CO. Fort Collins hasn't had a military base since the turn of the century.

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    Uugh...can you believe a Forestry employee started this? All she had to do was tear the letter up, not burn it. One spark, and wham....her life is essentially over, and 135 square miles are scorched.

    Erninator, you're right. Has to be Ft. Carson in the Springs, which is actually only about an hour, or less, from the fire.

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