I can not begin to comprehend the devastation that those in the path of the wildfires through CO, KS, OK and TX are dealing with. The amount of land burned is unimaginable. Charred black ashes as far as you can see. Land that just weeks ago held cattle, horses, sheep and hog now that 'life' is gone. The promise of spring and new life no longer holds true. Ranchers that have worked their lifetime to build their herds and flocks have been gathering those animals that survived the fire to end their suffering as quickly as possibly. I know the heartache of needing to shoot an animal, can't imagine that task when hundreds of animals are involved.
Generations of hard work lost in minutes. More blood, sweat and tears is all that remains in some places.
There are no numbers yet for loss of animals. I bet it will be in the millions. Those that do have cattle have lost their hay, feed, grazing, fences... Homes and building, equipment touched along with the land. Yes there has been loss of human life. Ranchers in TX trying to save their herd brings tears to my eyes as I think of their families.
"The numbers are unbelievable. It has been reported that over one million acres have burned—460,000 acres in Kansas, 400,000 acres in Oklahoma, 325,000 acres in Texas and 30,000 acres in Colorado."
The bright spot in all the tragedy is the farmers and ranchers from all across this country that are helping these folks. Hay is being donated by the semi load, fence supplies are headed that way also. Donations of money and time and labor are being received with open arms.
Please donate if you can
The High Plains Journal is doing a good job of reporting
Keep these folks in your prayers when you look outside seeing green grass and livestock grazing and babies bouncing in pastures - remember how lucky we are. Remember how quickly it can all go away.