Several fires in Northwest Oklahoma have spread into multiple counties and into Kansas this week causing massive losses to ranchers in the region. A number of donation programs have been started to help impacted cattlemen and women in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF), a charitable arm of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, has established a relief fund specifically for victims of the Starbuck Fire, Selman Fire and 283 Fire.
“When unfortunate situations happen, it is humbling to see how generous folks can be to help those who are in need and we are happy to provide a place for those funds to be held," says Jeff Jaronek, Coordinator of the OFC. "We will coordinate with the Extension offices in each county to organize relief efforts in the area and to identify ranchers that are in need.”
Donations can be made via the mail with checks made payable to “Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation” and writing “Fire Relief” in the memo line. Send checks to:
- Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation
- P.O. Box 82395
- Oklahoma City, OK 73148
Online donation are available at the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association website.
“I know that many of my friends, neighbors and fellow cattlemen could use some help in recovering from this devastating wildfire,” says Tom Fanning of May, Okla. who is currently serving as the Northwest District Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA). “In addition to the relief fund, hay donations would also be tremendously helpful.”
Hay donations are being accepted at several locations across Oklahoma. It is recommended you call the following numbers if you would like to donate hay or trucking services:
- Harper County Extension Office at 580-735-2252
- Buffalo Feeders at 580-727-5530
- Western Equipment at 580-254-0080
Hay can be delivered to the following locations:
- Buffalo Feeders
- 4 miles east of Buffalo, OK on Hwy. 64
- Contact: Caleb Nelson, 580-727-1332
- Tyree Ag
- US 283, Laverne, OK
- Just over 1 mile north of the stop light. The last business on the north side of Laverne located on the east side of the road
- Contact: Jay Dee Nielson, 580-334-6819
- Dale Long Farm
- 1 mile east, ½ mile North, ½ mile East of Gate, OK
- Contact: Dale Long, 580-727-5530
- May Coop Elevator
- May, OK
- Contact: Tom Fanning, 580-727-5530
- Buffalo Coop
- 322 E Harper, Buffalo, OK
- Contact: Beverly Mings, 580-735-3533
- Western Equipment
- 3999 Lakeview Dr., Woodward, OK
- Contact: Caleb Zook, 580-254-0080
A calf will be auctioned at the OKC West Livestock Market in El Reno on March 22, with proceeds going to the OCF fire relief funds.
The following week in Cherokee a heifer donated by Kripple E Cattle Co., owned by Kyle and Kelsy Eastwood, is going to be auctioned on March 29 at 11 a.m. Funds will also go towards the OCF fire relief efforts.
"We just want to help out and pray that we never have to face something so devastating on our operation," says Kyle Eastwood.
Here is how you can help producers in other states impacted by wildfire: