Windstorm knocks down huge tree on Heart Mountain

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It only took several minutes of fierce wind to topple a decades-old tree on a Heart Mountain homestead Monday. The massive cottonwood was uprooted in the fast-moving storm, which brought rain and strong wind gusts. Corey Forman, a Heart Mountain area farmer, was driving home when he saw the top part of a pine tree that was broken off; he then turned onto Lane 10 to find the fallen cottonwood on his property. “It took me a few seconds to figure out exactly what had happened,” he said. “I was not expecting to see it, driving up to it.” The trunk’s diameter measures about 6 feet. The tree stood 70 to 80 feet tall, making it one of the largest trees in the area. The cottonwood was planted between 1950 and ’55, Forman said. “That tree was planted before...

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