Wildfires burned across the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado in early March, leaving behind human losses, charred land and dead or injured livestock.

Nearly half a million acres have burned last week, costing some residents their lives, livestock and homes.

To help farmers and ranchers impacted, Erath County Farm Bureau is collecting funds to purchase fencing supplies to benefit victims. 

“Farmers and ranchers have always stepped up to help their neighbors in times of need,” said Justin Hannsz, Erath CFB board member. “It will require years for some of those affected by this disaster to fully recover.Our goal is to provide some immediate assistance to folks needing help rebuilding fences.”

The program will collect monetary contributions to help purchase fencing supplies locally. Erath CFB board directors will use each dollar raised to purchase wire and t-posts. 

“Wire and t-posts are severely damaged in fires,” Hannsz said. “Even if a fence looks okay, after its burned, the wire becomes brittle and can break easily with any pressure.” 

Due to overwhelming statewide response, most supply drops are full of hay supplies but need fencing materials. The program began March 14 and will conclude on Tuesday, March 21. 

Donations may be dropped off at the Dublin or Stephenville office. Checks should be made payable to Erath County Farm Bureau with “wildfire relief” written in the memo line. 

For more information call (254) 965 7861.