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Several Hundred Animals Lost In Ochiltree Fire

KSCB News - March 7, 2017 11:45 am

A wildfire in Ochiltree County has desecrated the land and burned a commercial hog farm, killing several hundred animals.

According to the Ochiltree County Sheriff’s Office no human lives have been lost in the county due to the fire, which started Monday afternoon. However, Ochiltree County Sheriff Terry Bouchard said they “lost a lot of livestock” including cattle. A commercial hog farm also burned. At that hog farm, several hog buildings burned, killing several hundreds, possibly thousands, of animals.

Bouchard also said two homes were destroyed in the flames. Other homes and outbuildings were damaged, as well as many power lines and power poles.

As of Tuesday morning, firefighters were still trying to extinguish hot spots in the county but other than than, the wildfire was “pretty much contained” in Ochiltree, according to Bouchard. He said anywhere from 35,000 to 45,000 acres were burned just in Ochiltree County.

 

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