Northwest Oklahoma Wildfires now 63 percent contained
WOODWARD COUNTY, Okla. (KOKH) —
Crews in northern Oklahoma continue to battle wildfires that are now 63 percent contained.
Meanwhile the community is banding together to help ranchers who lost everything.
Stacey Pinkston and her husband have been dropping off bails of donated hay to ranchers impacted by the fires.
"We couldn't do much we didn't have the money or anything but we had the equipment to move the hay," Pinkston said.
Nearly 800,000 acres have burned in Oklahoma and Kansas, killing thousands of livestock.
"They may get through the next week but there's still a lot of time after that before we get any rain or any grass comes back or anything and they have to think about that too," Pinkston said.
The latest report from the Oklahoma Forestry Services says the fire is 63% contained. The Starbuck fire has burned 472,000 acres. The Beaver Fire has burned about 3,000 acres. The 283 fire has burned 63,000 acres. The Selman fire burned over 47,000 acres. Two fatalities have been confirmed, one in Oklahoma, and one in Kansas. Eight homes have been destroyed in Oklahoma.
Pinkston remembers seeing the devastation first hand.
"You could just see the cattle out in the pastures just laying there. One cow had a piece of barbed wire wrapped around her leg and you could see it was still connected to the fence so she had gotten hung up and couldn't get away," she said.
Producers affected by the fires have until Wednesday to enroll in the non-insured crop disaster assistance program.