Hundreds of cattle burn alive as Kansas ranchers lose houses, barns and livestock in uncontrollable wildfires

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Kansas wildfires burn hundreds of cattle alive in December 2021. Picture: Nick Oxford

Two men have died from injuries suffered in wildfires that have burned hundreds of thousands of acres across Kansas this week.

Fierce winds sparked a slew of wildfires, as some ranchers lost their homes, barns and livestock. Around Paradise, Kan., there are some ranch families who say there is nothing left as the fires robbed them of their homes and a portion of their herd.

Bar S Ranch in Paradise, Kan., was one of the operations hardest hit. They lost a portion of their herd, structures on their ranch and even their home.

It’s heartbreaking,” she says. “Everything my family worked for over the last 140 years is gone.

“Every piece of land we own or rent has been taken out by fire.

“We lost all of our hay and feed supply for the year for our cows.

Stephanie says they lost their house, barns and all of their show equipment and animals.

In total, she says their ranch lost approximately 200 head of cows, calves and herd bulls.

My family’s home and the home that we used to live in up at the feedlot. I mean farm equipment, it’s just gone. I haven’t seen the full extent of it,” said Grady Dickerson, the son of the owners of Bar S Ranch.

The fires started Wednesday. Winds clocked in in excess of 100 mph, and down power lines sparked the series of fires.

Bar S Ranch was one that was in the fire’s path, and their ranch burned to the ground.

Reports show the smoke from the Kansas fires could be smelled as far east as central Missouri and as far north as Minnesota.

It’s still unknown how many livestock were lost in the fires.

I don’t think I’ve seen my dad shaken up before, just that scared,” Dickerson told KWCH. “I mean, we’re still scrambling trying to figure out what is okay and what isn’t. There’s just so much stuff that’s unaccounted for right now.

Neighboring Kansas farmers and ranchers have rushed in to help with the efforts this week.

The Kansas Livestock Association is working to deploy resources, as LMA says there are four collection and distribution points for supply donations of hay, stockwater tanks, fencing supplies and more.

LMA says for those who would like to contribute with cash donations, those contributions can be made through the Kansas Livestock Foundation by going to and clicking on donate or sending a check, with “wildfire relief” written in the memo line, to:

Kansas Livestock Foundation
6031 S.W. 37th
Topeka, KS 66614

LMA says all proceeds will be used to help those affected by the recent weather event.

It will take several days to determine how many acres burned and to completely contain the blazes and make the areas safe. [AgWeb]

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  1. With winds like that, all it takes is one ember and it can go a mile or more.

    Sorry for the rancher’s loss. I ranch too. Not cattle, but out in the offgrid. We have cattle out here. They don’t get along with trucks on the highway. People get killed hitting them, as well as elk. Anyways, good luck onbthe rebuild. Fires suck. Been through a couple. Almost lost a house.

  2. Globalists are at it again with energy beams and weaponized weather to drive winds to destroy the fields with ongoing fires.

    Why? To destroy the food supply, that’s why.

  3. I live in Kansas. We got hit with winds out of the SW at 80 MPH then the front moved through and we has 90 MPH winds with dust and smoke from the fires out wet. We had no idea where the smell of smoke was coming from, at the time. Visibility was reduced to about 1/2 mile near Ft. Riley, from the smoke and dust.

  4. I have lived thru tornadoes and hurricanes near the gulf coast/Fla panhandle area, it just doesn’t pay to own anything it seems. Kansas seems to have drought, sorry for the farmers.

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