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Donations being sought to help farmers, ranchers hurt by the northeastern Colorado wildfire near Sterling

Staff and wire reports

Northeastern Colorado ranchers say a wind-driven grass fire has killed scores of cattle.

Kyle McConnell told a Denver TV station on Tuesday he lost 185 head of cattle in the fire, which also destroyed five homes.

The Colorado Cattlemen's Association reported other ranchers lost livestock, but no numbers were immediately available.

The association appealed for donations of hay, feed and fencing supplies and help with trucking.

The group said the fire also destroyed agricultural equipment.

The fire, which started Monday, was burning on more than 45 square miles and is 50 percent contained.

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Colorado Livestock Association: Immediate Needs

The Colorado Livestock Association also issued a news release Tuesday seeking the public's help for farmers and ranchers affected by the wildfire.

There is an immediate need for hay, feed, fencing supplies, individuals willing to provide trucking, etc., for the farmers and ranchers hurt by the fires. Donations can be taken to CHS Grainland in Haxtun, 120 Smith St., or can be dropped off at Justin Price's farm, 11222 Sedgwick County Road 7 in Sedgwick. A loader and scale are both available, if needed.

For more information about drop-off locations, contact Rick Unrein at (970) 520-3565. For more information about how to help, contact Kent Kokes at (970) 580-8109, John Michal at (970) 522-2330, Justin Price at (970) 580-6315, or Dan Firme at (970) 520-0949.

Colorado Farm Bureau: Donations

The Colorado Farm Bureau also has activated a disaster fund to help the farmers and ranchers directly affected by wildfire in the affected counties.

All money raised will go directly to aiding the producers as they face the aftermath of the natural disaster, according to the same news release.

Checks are payable to the Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation, and cash and credit card payments are being accepted at this time. Please note "Disaster Fund-CO Wildfire" in the memo line on the check.

Cash and checks can be sent to:

Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation

Attn: Disaster Fund

9177 E. Mineral Circle

Centennial, CO 80112

To make an online donation, go to http://www.coloradofarmbureau.com/disasterfund.

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