Officials from four states say wildfires this week have consumed more than 1 million acres and claimed at least 7 lives. Five of those deaths were in the Texas Panhandle where firefighters continued to battle multiple fires.
Three people died in Gray County, Texas, while trying to save cattle and horses on Monday. The three victims were Cody Crockett, 20, Sydney Wallace, 22, and Sloan Everett.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott activated state resources to help combat the fires. Air attack aircraft was assigned and two single-engine air tankers have made fire retardant drops on the fire on Monday evening. State fire marshals are investigating the cause of the wildfire and the fatalities.
In Kansas, fires in Clark County scorched 350,000 acres, destroyed 30 homes and compromised bridges. In Reno County about 12,000 people were forced to evacuate.
The Kansas National Guard has lent four Black Hawk helicopters to the firefighting effort for water drops. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said a man died from smoke inhalation in Clark County after getting out of a semitrailer truck he was driving.
In Oklahoma, a 63-year-old woman died of a heart attack while fighting wildfires alongside her husband in Harper County.
In northeastern Colorado, Logan County rancher Kyle McConnell told CBS Denver that he lost 185 head of cattle to a wildfire that burned Tuesday east of Sterling, Colo.
While many cattle and horses are known to have perished in the multiple fires, no official estimate has been made.
Cattlemen relief efforts have been established for affected ranchers.
Kansas: Kansas Livestock Association is organizing hay and fencing material donations for delivery to affected areas in Kansas. To make in-kind donations, call KLA at (785) 273-5115. Cash donations can be made through the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF), KLA's charitable arm, by going to www.kla.org/donationform.aspx.
Colorado: Immediate need for hay, feed, fencing supplies, individuals willing to provide trucking, etc. Donations should be taken to CHS Grainland in Haxtun. Contact Rick Unrein 970-520-3565 for more information about dropping off donations. Donations can also be dropped off at Justin Price's farm (11222 CR 7 Sedgwick, CO). For more information, please contact: Kent Kokes 970-580-8108, John Michal 970-522-2330, or Justin Price 970-580-6315.
Oklahoma: Donations accepted by mail or online. Make checks payable to Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation and put "Fire Relief" in the memo line and send to P.O. Box 82395, Oklahoma City, OK 73148. To donate online, visit www.okcattlemen.org. If you would like to donate hay or trucking services for hay, you can do so by contacting either the Harper County Extension Office at 580-735-2252 or Buffalo Feeders at 580-727-5530 to make arrangements or provide trucking services.
Texas: Two supply points have been established to collect donated hay. Please contact the location directly prior to transportation.
Supply Point 1
202 West Main
Contact: J.R. Spragg
Supply Point 2
301 Ball Park Drive
Contact: Mike Jeffcoat