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August 3, 2012
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Report: Burn pile, winds kicked up TRE fire

Wellington resident Kim Carlin was returning home from a dental appointment about 1:30 p.m. May 22 when she saw smoke and flames in her back yard coming from a burn pile she believed she and her son extinguished two days before.

Carlin had her mother call 911, and she, her adult son Steven Cozad, and two neighbors tried to put the fire out with a garden hose.

But it was too late.

Fueled by 18-32-mph winds, the Topaz Ranch Estates fire ultimately grew to 7,500 acres, destroying everything in its path including two homes, 17 outbuildings, boats, cars, motorcycles, and …

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