A relief fund has been established by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation to help cattlemen in Beaver, Ellis, Harper and Woodward County who have been affected by tragic wildfires in that area.

A relief fund has been established by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation to help cattlemen in Beaver, Ellis, Harper and Woodward County who have been affected by tragic wildfires in that area.

"When unfortunate situations happen, it is humbling to see how generous folks can be to help those who are in need and we are happy to provide a place for those funds to be held," said Jeff Jaronek, who is coordinator of the charitable arm of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. "We will coordinate with the Beaver, Ellis, Harper and Woodward County Extension to organize relief efforts in the area and to identify ranchers that are in need."

To donate to the relief effort, simply 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.

"I know that many of my friends, neighbors and fellow cattlemen could use some help in recovering from this devastating wildfire," said Tom Fanning, of May, Oklahoma, who is currently serving as OCA’s northwest district vice president. "In addition to the relief fund, hay donations would also be tremendously helpful."

To donate hay or trucking services for hay, contact either the Harper County Extension Office at (580) 735-2252 or Buffalo Feeders at (580) 727-5530 to make arrangements.

OCA also reminds cattlemen to document any fire losses they incur by taking photographs of the damage.