Students Send Notes, Jokes to Family Impacted by Wildfire

March 28, 2017 01:13 PM

Economists are starting to put together some estimates behind the wildfires that scorched parts of the southern and central Plains three weeks ago.

In Oklahoma, roughly 350,000 acres burned along with livestock, pasture, fencing and outbuildings. Derrell Peel, a livestock marketing specialist with Oklahoma State University, puts preliminary estimates at close to $16 million.

Peel says these predictions are based on early estimates of 3,000 head of cattle lost and more than 1,100 miles of fence. This total does not include equipment losses.

Texas Agri-Life extension believes losses in the Lone Star State are approximately $21 million.

The devastating wildfire also hit southwestern Kansas caused unprecedented destruction.

Steve and Kelly Hazen of Clark County, Kan. narrowly escaped the blaze. A few days after the fire, the Hazens started to receive letters from school children that give words of encouragement to the family and those who lost so much.

Watch the Hazens’ story on AgDay above.

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