The Washington State Hay Growers Association (WSHGA) is asking for donations after the largest fire in the state’s history has created hay and other feed shortages there.
The massive Carlton Complex Fire in Okanogan County, in northern Washington, has burned more than 400 square miles of land and destroyed more than 300 homes. The blaze was sparked by lightning on July 14 and continues to burn. As of Aug. 4, the fire was reported to be 82% contained.
Cattle producers, horse owners and crop farmers are among those affected by the fire, says Sheri Nolan, WSHGA executive secretary. Pastureland was burned and alfalfa fields damaged as power to irrigation systems was knocked out.
The nonprofit hay association is compiling lists of growers willing to donate hay and other feeds or transport them to producers impacted by the fire.
“They do have some hay up there already that they’re distributing, but we’re getting ready if they need more. We’ve gotten some response from members who have donated truckloads of hay. As the need arises, we’ll transport it up there,” says Nolan, who is working with the Omak County Sheriff’s Department.
To donate hay or be added to the transportation list, contact Nolan at 509-585-5460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.