Updates: Dear Dad, I’m sure it’s raining on the east side of the Pecos today. That’s good because I’m afraid the Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak fire has burned all the way west to Hamilton Mesa or at least to Iron Gate. I guess it’s also burned over where we left your ashes with Pat’s near the …

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Can’t say my thoughts eased with the Forest Service nightly briefing Sunday on the Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak fire. I hope we do not have to remember this as the fire that burned from Pecos to Taos. The 40-day-old fire is near 300,000 acres and stretches 45 miles south to north through the Sangre de Cristo …

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NOTE TO READERS: THIS POST IS FROM FIRE SEASON 2021. With Beatty’s Cabin unfortunately in the news — threatened this June by the Rincon Fire on the east side of the Pecos Wilderness — I went to the bookshelf for my prized first edition of this Pecos classic. Here is a fine (linked) profile of …

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