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Reader: Forest Service that caused Lower North Fork Fire easier on itself than other firestarters

Our Lower North Fork Fire photo gallery collected stark images from a blaze that cost lives as well as destroying property and chewing up resources -- and all because a Colorado State Forest Service prescribed burn apparently got out of control. This last issue stuck in the craw of one reader, who sees hypocrisy in the fallout from the blaze.

Sid writes:

When the government accidentally starts a fire like this, it's "oh, well, sh*t happens." When a private citizen accidentally starts a fire like this, it's "see ya in a couple years when you're out of the slammer, and enjoy your life in bankruptcy."

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