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Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
June 20, 2012 M. Timothy Nolting   

Sgt. Thomas 'Boston' Corbett, 16th New York Cavalry, shot and killed John Wilkes Booth on April 26, 1865. This photo is in the public domain and available from Wikipedia.

No doubt the year 2012 will be remembered in the west as the year of devastating fires. As of this past weekend, the ‘High Park’ fire west of Fort Collins, Colorado has decimated nearly 60,000 acres and is claimed to be the third largest and most destructive forest fire on record in Colorado. Northern New Mexico’s ‘Little Bear’ fire has claimed over 40,000 acres and fires in the southern part of that state; the ‘Whitewater-Baldy’ fire has scorche...

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