Cattlemen Launch Fire Relief Effort
Incident: Miller Homestead Wildfire
Cattlemen launch fire relief effort
BlueMountain Eagle | Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012 10:39
SALEM - The Oregon Cattlemen's Association has set up a relieffund to aid ranchers affected by the fires raging across Harney and Malheurcounties in southeastern Oregon.
The organization is seeking donations of cash, hay and supplies,and also seeking relocation options for cattle that have to be moved from thefire zones.
The Miller Homestead Fire has blown up to 110,000 acres at lastreport, and the Long Draw Fire had spread to 515,000 acres by Friday.
Bob Skinner, OCA public lands chair, said the fire area resemblesa moonscape.
"This is the worst disaster from fire I have ever seen," he said."These ranchers have lost many cattle, which is threatening their way of lifeand source of income to support their families. The short-term and long-term effectswill be devastating."
To make a charitable contribution to the Fire Victims Relief Fund,or to offer in-kind or relocation assistance, contact Kay Teisl, ExecutiveDirector of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, at 503-361-8941 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Contributions can also be made online at http://www.orcattle.com/make-a-donationocsf.html.