Oklahoma fire information, resources and how you can help
As of Sunday evening, wildfires had burned more than 300,000 acres in Woodward, Dewey, Roger Mills, Woods and Custer counties in northwest Oklahoma.
If you are in need of assistance or are interested in donating hay, feed or transportation of supplies please call:
OSU Extension fact sheet resources:
➡️ Proper Disposal of Routine and Catastrophic Livestock and Poultry Mortality: https://okla.st/2Hz8ysZ
➡️ On-Farm Mortality Composting of Livestock Carcasses: https://okla.st/2H5PBxi
➡️ Disaster Losses and Related Tax Rules: https://okla.st/2H0MWJh
➡️ Management After Wildfire: https://okla.st/2H1EEAy
➡️ Disaster Assistance: https://okla.st/2IVfyQw
Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation launches a fire relief fund for Western Oklahoma cattlemen
A relief fund has been established by the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) to help Cattlemen who have been affected by on-going wildfires in Western Oklahoma.
“Oklahoma wind and drought conditions spurred several large fires on the western side of the Oklahoma yesterday effecting many cattlemen,” said Tiffani Pruitt Coordinator of the OCF, a charitable arm of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. “One thing we’ve learned from the wildfires in the past few years is that folks are quick to want to help those in unfortunate situations, and that is truly humbling. The OCF is happy to provide a place for funds to be held. We will coordinate with the Extension Offices in the affected areas to organize relief efforts and to identify ranchers that are in need.”
According to Michael Kelsey, Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, “OCA is coordinating with Extension, The Farm Service Agency and others to bring information to ranchers about disaster assistance. We humbly ask for prayers for ranchers, firefighters and folks in the paths of these devastating fires.”
100 percent of donations will be distributed to ranchers who have been affected by the fires. You may donate to this relief effort by mail or online.
Make checks payable to Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation, with “Fire Relief” in the memo line and send to P.O. Box 82395., Oklahoma City, OK 73148. To donate online, visit www.okcattlemen.org.
For the latest, visit http://www.okcattlemen.org/wildfire-relief.
Disaster Assistance Available to Farmers and Ranchers
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Oklahoma Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Scott Biggs reminds farmers and ranchers affected by the recent Northwest Oklahoma wildfires that disaster assistance programs are available to support their recovery efforts.
FSA can assist farmers and ranchers who lost livestock, grazing land, fences or eligible trees, bushes and vines as a result of a natural disaster. FSA administers a suite of safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible losses, including the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program and the Tree Assistance Program. Detailed information on all of these disaster assistance programs can be found online at www.fsa.usda.gov/disaster.
In addition, the Emergency Conservation Program provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters. Producers located in counties that receive a primary or contiguous disaster designation are eligible for low-interest emergency loans to help them recover from production and physical losses. Compensation is also available to producers who purchased coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, which protects non-insurable crops (including native grass for grazing) against natural disasters including excessive wind and qualifying drought that result in lower yields, crop losses or prevented planting.
Aid for Wildlife
WildCare Foundation in Noble, OK, is reminding the public that if they find wildlife that are injured or orphaned due to the fires, they can call (405) 872-9338. WildCare will arrange transport to move the animal to their facility for rehabilitation.
Be cautious with what is coming in with donated hay
The generosity of Oklahomans and others living nearby is vital to producers in western Oklahoma who have watched their land, livestock and properties go up in flames over the past week. The wildfires, combined with the yearlong drought, have left a lot of producers relying on hay from other areas to feed their livestock. During the last major fire outbreak, donations were very generous and hay was shipped in from various locations to help people in need. However, some of the hay brought with it invasive species and some producers had to deal with those issues on top of losses they already experienced. Read more…