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By Amy Bickel
The Hutchinson News 

Ranchers healing after Kansas' largest wildfire


ASHLAND, Kan. (AP) — The pastures are eerily silent.

Normally, there would be dozens of bawling new calves with their mamas grazing the rolling Clark County landscape.

But on this July morning, Mark Gardiner gets out of his pickup and walks across a long mound of sand - one of two mass graves in this pasture where 78 Angus cows and 32 calves are buried.

"I can still see them laying out there," said Mark's brother, Greg of the bloated carcasses, which swelled up like popcorn. "They were literally cooked."

It's just one of the scars still evident here - four months after the state's largest...

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