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Terry Barton---Jailhouse Interview

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The woman who started the worst wildfire in Colorado history says she's not the only one to be blamed.

Terry Lynn Barton says the Forest Service shares blame for the devastating Hayman fire in 2002 because of what she calls mistakes in staffing, equipment and strategy.

She spoke recently in a jailhouse interview in Texas with KMGH-TV of Denver.

Barton says she believes that if the fire was fought properly, it would've been out in four days at the most.

Barton started the fire when she burned a letter from her estranged husband. It blackened 138,000 acres, destroyed 300 buildings and caused property damage in excess of $29 million.

Last week, the Colorado Court of Appeals ordered a new sentencing hearing before a new judge that should reduce her 12-year sentence.


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