February 2, 2023

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A wildfire burned 9,000 acres in April. How does it look now?

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A view of the Big Sandy Creek looking south after a 9,000-acre wildfire raced through the May Ranch on April 22 near Lamar. (Photos by Mike Sweeney, Special to The Colorado Sun)
The same view 102 days after the wildfire. Monsoons transformed the patched burn scar into a verdant landscape.

LAMAR — Gazing north across the rangeland from the spot where a spring wildfire destroyed 9,000 acres of May Ranch pasture in a few hours, you can see scorched cottonwoods puncturing the horizon like black thumb tacks. 

In April, after a year so dry the sage roots turned to powder, the wildfire flew on hurricane winds and threatened ranch families, ranch hands, 800 cattle, and the livelihood and natural history of a certified wildlife sanctuary. 

Not to mention that it melted 60 miles of fence whose…

Michael Booth

2022-08-15 04:19:00

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