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Jun 20, 2011 11:57 AM by Matt Stafford

Cowboys saved the ranch from wildfire

When the Shell Fire, south of La Junta, picked up about a week ago crews were told to pull back because the conditions were too dangerous. That's what Kelly Bader and his son Ira told NF5 that crews said to them as they left, leaving the Baders with a big portion of their 17,000 acre Las Animas County ranch on fire.

The Baders, along with three neighbors, got to work hauling water and making fire lines; five cowboys ended up saving the Bader Ranch.

They've put out one fire, so-to-speak, but now the affect of the fire is causing even more problems.

Monday night on News First 5 we'll hear from the Baders; we'll also hear from Las Animas County Sheriff James Casias on how that fire was handled as well as the heavy workload his county has faced this wildfire season.

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