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Old 09-23-2010, 06:01 PM
 
Location: CO
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Grass Fire Breaks Out In Weld County (http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/25135597/detail.html - broken link)

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DENVER -- A grass fire burning near Kersey, in Weld County, has burned at least one home.

Early estimates are that the fire is about 100 acres.

A large plume of black and gray smoke can be seen billowing in the area.

Multiple agencies are responding, according to Weld County dispatch.

The fire is burning at County Road 42 & 49, east of Highway 85 in Weld
News is reporting now that the fire is growing and taking off (now supposedly up to 1000 acres, about an hour after the initial report at 100 acres).
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:41 PM
 
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Native shortgrass prairie is another Colorado ecosystem that is nature-designed to burn periodically. In fact, fire is necessary to maintain the ecological health of most shortgrass prairie systems. So, once again, it is sadly our folly that puts man-made stuff in a prairie wildfire's path--especially since having defensible space around such structures is not especially difficult on the prairie. This I know because I lived out on the shortgrass prairie for a time and I definitely had defensible space around my home.
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:44 PM
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Location: Western Colorado
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Those are farm houses, people who farm have houses there. And people who live on farms plant trees around their house for shade and as windbreaks, that has been common standard practice for decades. Not the same as people living in mountains or hollers. Anyway it was arson, someone set it. Geeze.
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