Devastated, right down to the barbed wire

Devastated, right down to the barbed wire

After fires, Panhandle ranchers must fence themselves in once more.

By Eric Dexheimer
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Wednesday, April 05, 2006

DUMAS — Politicians may talk about mending fences after disasters, but on a recent day when 40-mph wind gusts scooped up fire-loosened soil and spit it into swirling brownouts, Burl Scroggs was the man in the middle of the grunt work.
“I’ve never seen this many fences needing to be built in all my years in the business,” he said watching one of his crews plunge posthole diggers into scorched earth a few miles south of Dumas. Blackened fence posts stretched into the distance, tilting out of the ground like rotten teeth.

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