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Wildfires continue to impact ranchers

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OK (KSWO)- As wildfires continue to burn across the northwestern part of the state, ranchers scramble to make sure their livestock are out of harm’s way.

The Oklahoma Forestry Department reports some 200 head of cattle have died so far in the Northwest Oklahoma complex fire. One Harper County rancher says about 1,000 acres used to feed his cattle is no good and, just the loss of one cow, could cost him nearly a $1,000. Many ranchers are forced to move their cattle to a safer place until the wildfires are completely out.

At last check, fires in Beaver, Harper, and Woodward counties were 10 percent contained.

After taking a huge hit like that, ranchers will need some help in the coming months.
To help the Oklahoma's Cattlemen's Association has set up a relief fund. All donations will go to help Beaver, Ellis, Harper, and Woodward County Cattlemen who have been affected by the wildfires.

If you would like to donate to this relief effort, you can do so here. In addition to monetary donations, hay is welcome along with fencing supplies. If you would like to donate hay or trucking services for hay, you can call the Harper County Extension Office at 580-735-2252.

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