Two people have died in Oklahoma as the result of wildfires that have burned more than 300,000 acres.
According to the Sunday morning Fire Situation report from the Oklahoma Forestry Service (OFS), the Rhea Fire has burned 242,000 acres and is currently only 3% contained. More than 500 firefighters have been battling the blaze with the assistance of 3 heavy air tankers, a large helicopter and an air attack plane.
In neighboring Woodward County the 34 Complex Fire has been downgraded in size to 53,000 acres after originally being projected at 110,000 acres of damage. The 34 Complex Fire is at 25% containment with the help of 65 firefighters who have been focusing on putting out hotspots.
Aid Available for Producers
While there have been no reports of livestock losses from authorities due to the wildfires, cattle producers do have aid options should they need it.
The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) has established a fire relief fund to help producers in the state. More information about OCF’s fire relief fund can be found on the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association website and people can also make donations to the program.
There is also the Livestock Indemnity Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which can help pay for losses of livestock. More information about the program can be found online or by visiting with your local Farm Service Agency officials.
Hay donations are being organized with the help of local Oklahoma State University Extension agents.
If you are interested in donating hay, please call: