Two men have died from injuries suffered in wildfires that have burned hundreds of thousands of acres across Kansas this week.
Fierce winds sparked a slew of wildfires, as some ranchers lost their homes, barns and livestock. Around Paradise, Kan., there are some ranch families who say there is nothing left as the fires robbed them of their homes and a portion of their herd.
Bar S Ranch in Paradise, Kan., was one of the operations hardest hit. They lost a portion of their herd, structures on their ranch and even their home.
“It’s heartbreaking,” she says. “Everything my family worked for over the last 140 years is gone.
“Every piece of land we own or rent has been taken out by fire.
“We lost all of our hay and feed supply for the year for our cows.”
Stephanie says they lost their house, barns and all of their show equipment and animals.
In total, she says their ranch lost approximately 200 head of cows, calves and herd bulls.
“My family’s home and the home that we used to live in up at the feedlot. I mean farm equipment, it’s just gone. I haven’t seen the full extent of it,” said Grady Dickerson, the son of the owners of Bar S Ranch.
The fires started Wednesday. Winds clocked in in excess of 100 mph, and down power lines sparked the series of fires.
Bar S Ranch was one that was in the fire’s path, and their ranch burned to the ground.
Reports show the smoke from the Kansas fires could be smelled as far east as central Missouri and as far north as Minnesota.
It’s still unknown how many livestock were lost in the fires.
“I don’t think I’ve seen my dad shaken up before, just that scared,” Dickerson told KWCH. “I mean, we’re still scrambling trying to figure out what is okay and what isn’t. There’s just so much stuff that’s unaccounted for right now.”
Neighboring Kansas farmers and ranchers have rushed in to help with the efforts this week.
The Kansas Livestock Association is working to deploy resources, as LMA says there are four collection and distribution points for supply donations of hay, stockwater tanks, fencing supplies and more.