Preliminary ranching costs for April’s wildfires tops $26 million

Preliminary ranching costs for April’s wildfires tops $26 million

08 May 2018

Published by https://newsok.com/


USA – Losses sustained by ranchers from April wildfires that burned through parts of Dewey and Woodward counties in west-central and northwest Oklahoma are estimated at more than $26 million, an agricultural marketing specialist stated Monday.

Derrell Peel, who works with Oklahoma State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, also stressed that estimate will change as a more information is gathered.

“More than 348,000 acres burned, causing a wide variety of losses to livestock, pastures, hay, fences and facilities,” Peel stated in a release.

His calculations were based upon preliminary losses of some 1,600 head of cattle and the fact the fires affected more than 2,100 miles of fencing surrounding ranchers’ lands.


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