From Rick Keller IFBF Executive Director
As you are all aware, Idaho is experiencing major fires around the state. We are grateful for the lives that have been preserved. There is significant property damage and insurance will assist in the much of the rebuilding. Insurance will not cover all the losses.
Some of the current and future needs include feed for the livestock, fencing supplies, and pasture. For those affected by the Soda fire in Southwestern Idaho, the Owhyee Cattlemen’s Association has established a website in which donations may be made. Cash donations may be made at any U.S. Bank. Please make checks payable to the Owyhee Cattleman’s Heritage Foundation. Non-cash and other donated items may be donated on their website: http://www.owyheecattlemen.com/2015/08/donations-accepted-for-ranchers-affected-by-soda-fire/.
The North Idaho fires are still raging. Centralized donation sites have not been established, but we will continue working the Idaho Cattle Association and other agriculture groups to identify sites to contribute to.
Idahoans have an unique spirit of helping their neighbors during difficult and trying times. We will keep you informed as more information becomes available. Our thoughts and prayers continue with those affected by the fires and the herculean efforts of the professional and volunteer firefighters battling the blazes, preserving lives and property.