A series of wildfires sweeping across Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas have scorched more than 1 million acres of land and have proven fatal for at least 7 people and tens of thousands of cattle.
According to Wildfire Today, high winds and dry conditions allowed the fires to quickly get out of hand. Firefighters are working around the clock to get them back under control.
From the frontlines comes a stark look at the damage these fires are causing. Twitter has offered an often unflinching account to what is happening. (WARNING: Some of these images show graphic injuries to livestock.)
There are several ways you can help. Here are some state-by-state efforts currently underway:
Kansas: Kansas Livestock Association is organizing hay and fencing material donations for delivery to affected areas in Kansas. To make in-kind donations, call KLA at (785) 273-5115. Cash donations can be made through the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF), KLA's charitable arm, by going to www.kla.org/donationform.aspx.
Colorado: Immediate need for hay, feed, fencing supplies, individuals willing to provide trucking, etc. Donations should be taken to CHS Grainland in Haxtun. Contact Rick Unrein 970-520-3565 for more information about dropping off donations. Donations can also be dropped off at Justin Price's farm (11222 CR 7 Sedgwick, CO). For more information, please contact: Kent Kokes 970-580-8108, John Michal 970-522-2330, or Justin Price 970-580-6315.
Oklahoma: Donations accepted by mail or online. Make checks payable to Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation and put "Fire Relief" in the memo line and send to P.O. Box 82395, Oklahoma City, OK 73148. To donate online, visit www.okcattlemen.org. If you would like to donate hay or trucking services for hay, you can do so by contacting either the Harper County Extension Office at 580-735-2252 or Buffalo Feeders at 580-727-5530 to make arrangements or provide trucking services.
Texas: Three supply points have been established to collect donated hay. Please contact the location directly prior to transportation.