Logan County Fire Now 80% Contained – Ranchers Need Our Help
The Logan County Fire in northeastern Colorado has burned more than 30,000 acres and is 80% contained. Firefighters hope to have it extinguished by tonight. Click on this picture to follow the NE Colorado Immediate Fire Relief for Farmers & Ranchers Facebook page.
Some ranchers in the area told News4 in Denver they've lost hundreds of cattle. The Colorado Cattlemen's Association reported other ranchers lost livestock too, but those numbers are not available yet. The wind-driven grass fire has destroyed 5 homes and many outbuildings. More than 70 firefighters from 13 departments have battled the blaze east of Sterling.
"These people are going to need help," Kent Kokes, the past President of the Northeast Colorado Cattlemen's Association said. "There was a lot of loss. Not only did people lose their homes, but ranchers have lost their livestock, infrastructures and equipment. There is so much dust and dirt in the area that plows are shoveling it off the roads like snow," Kokes continued.
There is an immediate need for hay, feed and fencing supplies and trucking, etc. for the farmers and ranchers devastated by these fires.
Donations should be taken to CHS Grainland in Haxtun, CO. A loader and scale are both available, if needed. Contact Rick Unrein at (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 about how to help, please contact: Kent Kokes (970) 580-8109 John Michal (970) 522-2330 Justin Price (970) 580-6315 or Dan Firme (970) 520-0949.
Source:Colorado Cattlemen's Association and the Northeast Colorado Cattlemen's Association press release