As crews continue to contain Oklahoma fires, 4-H families help calves orphaned by High Plains blazes

Mar 14, 2017

Credit Lt. Seth Frizzell / Holcomb Community Fire Department

As fire crews in north central Oklahoma continues efforts to contain fires in Beaver, Harper and Woodward counties Tuesday, Kansas’ governor signed the final State of Disaster Emergency declaration for 20 Kansas counties affected by last week’s wildfires.

As The Oklahoma Forestry Service reports, the Northwest Oklahoma Complex was 63 percent contained Tuesday.

According to the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department, Gov. Sam Brownback signed the final State of Disaster Emergency declaration, which covers the period beginning March 4, for wildfires that burned more than 651,000 acres in Barber, Cheyenne, Clark, Comanche, Ellis, Ellsworth, Ford, Harvey, Hodgeman, Lane, Lincoln, McPherson, Meade, Ness, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Rooks, Russell, and Seward Counties.

Meanwhile, according to The Wichita Eagle, as many as 85 calves orphaned by wildfires that burned in Clark and Comanche Counties are being taken care of by 4-H families from across the state.

The group has established a Facebook page for people who want to help with the effort called ‘Orphan Calf Relief of SW Kansas.’