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APR-MAY 2017

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The next 12 hours were spent fighting the fire with water-filled cattle sprayers and bull dozers. The unrelenting winds – sus- t ained at 40 mph with gusts at 60 to 70 mph – created a dust and ash storm like the firefight- ers had never seen. The heat of the fire had consumed every inch of organic matter that grew from the ground, and the winds whisked the remains away. All that was left was burned sand, which gleaned like crystals in the palm of your hand. The charred p astures were not black, but instead revealed an eerie brown moonscape. It was like the ranch had disappeared. Dozens of friends and neighbors came to our aid that day, herding 4 FEED•LOT  April/May 2017 Hell on Earth EDITOR'S DESK By JILL J. DUNKEL c attle away from the flames and rescuing baby calves that were just days old. We watched as cows ran directly into the fire to find their newborn babies, and they escaped with only minor injuries. A few young calves s uffered burned ears or tails… In 2009, my family suffered through a wildfire on our ranch in Texas. The paragraphs above are from an article I wrote after the ex- perience. Nearly all of the acreage of our land was burned, and our home sustained almost $85,000 in damage. Fences were destroyed – even those with t-posts and barbed wire because the heat of the fire left the wire brittle and untrustworthy. We were fortunate. No human lives were lost. Only a few cows fell victim, and spring rains started almost immediately. Within weeks I had a 1,000 acre green "backyard" as far as I could see. The ranchers in Texas, Oklaho- ma, Kansas and Colorado experi- enced their own "hell on earth" in March. My own memories flooded back as I read agriculture news re- ports and saw videos of the dam- age. In the last several weeks, the agricultural community has rallied to support their own in only a way our community could. Truck loads of hay, fencing supplies, food, wa- ter and volunteer labor have de- ployed to these areas. It makes me swell with pride knowing how tight-knit our indus- try is. When our friends need help, we respond. It's that simple. Stories on the news or Facebook show convoys of hay and fencing sup- plies traveling to the scarred land. For those hundreds of land own- ers affected by the fires, it is far from over. Recent rains will help heal their land, but it will take sev- eral months for the grass to return to a graze-worthy state. If you are compelled to help, several organizations have set up monetary donation and supply do- nation areas. Here are links to two websites with more information: www.beefusa.org/firereliefresour ces.aspx and http://wrca.org/ FL 2814 West Jones Avenue • Garden City, KS 67846 Phone: 614-438-7953 • Fax: 614-438-3083 For all your storage tank needs Call toll free: 855-212-1867

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