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Friday Feature: Destructive Wildfires in the Plains

Friday Feature:  Destructive Wildfires in the Plains

Angus cow killed in Kansas wildfire at Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland, KS. Source Lindsey Bauman, Kansas Agland.

On Monday March 6, unique weather conditions including a passing cold front, high winds, and low humidity fueled raging wildfires from Texas to Colorado that burned over 1 million acres.  In the wake of these extremely fast moving fires, thousands of cattle and seven people were killed.  This weeks featured videos highlight the fires and the heart-wrenching story from the famous Gardiner Angus Ranch, just one of many ranches impacted by the destructive fires that swept through the plains states last week.

CBS Evening News Report

A massive effort is underway to contain wildfires that are tearing through Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. At least six people have died, more than 885,000 acres have burned and thousands have fled their homes. David Begnaud reports. Source CBS Evening News

Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland Kansas

Greg Gardiner tells his story of surviving the wildfire, Monday. He estimates his ranch has lost 500 or more cattle in the fire. Source:  The Hutchinson News

430,000 acre Clark County Kansas Fire March 6, 2017. Source: Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

How to help these folks?

Tracy Brunner, 2016 President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.  Source:  Ag AM in Kansas

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Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Lead Editor for Panhandle Ag e-news – Jackson County Extension Director – Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.
http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

Doug Mayo

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