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Washington values endangered toad higher than Bastrop fire's human victims

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A small, brownish toad is confounding recovery from the horrific fire in Bastrop County, Texas that torched 34,000 acres and destroyed 1,700 homes over last September’s Labor Day weekend. Before rebuilding and landscape restoration can occur, Bastrop County must remove the mountains of charred debris on roads, rights of way, and on private property near roads. Thousands of dead trees; some...