In one of the worst fire years on record for Montana, over 2,000 fires have burned more than half a million acres this year and we’re far from being out of the woods yet. The largest fire burning right now is the Richard Spring fire in Rosebud County that has burned 170,000 acres and as of this writing is still considered 0% contained.
It’s a scary situation to watch already limited grass and hay supplies burn up, but friends and neighbors are stepping up to help those in need.
The Rosebud County Cattlewomen have established an account for cash donations to be given to ranchers affected by the Richard Spring, Rough Draw and Slough Grass fires.
Checks can be made payable to Rosebud County Cattlewomen and sent to the following address, or through this PayPal link.
Mail: First State Bank
C/O Makenna Voiles
P.O. Box 379 Forsyth, MT 59327
The Rosebud County Cattlewomen are also taking donations of hay as well as trucking services. Anyone interested in donating can contact the group at either 406-351-3651 or 406-600-5610.
Also, Belle Fourche Livestock has graciously offered to house livestock for free, as long as needed, for those ranchers that need a place to go with their animals. Producers should contact Scott Anderson at 406-351-1844 or the stockyards office at 800-894-8684.
As the fire is still ongoing and the recovery will take many months, please continue to check back for more details.