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Wildfire Resources

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If you are affected by wildfires...

If you would like to donate feed supplies or money...

Wildfire Information Links and Resources

Fire Map and Current Incident Links

Post-fire Animal Care, Information and Articles

Livestock and Land Assistance and Recovery Programs

TSCRA encourages ranchers affected by wildfires to have cattle inspected

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) strongly encourages all ranchers whose cattle were on burned pasture to have their cattle inspected by a veterinarian for burns and other trauma from fires.

It is critical to have cattle inspected immediately as life threatening conditions, difficult to diagnose without training, may occur within 2 to 3 days of the fire.

Ranchers should contact their local veterinarians for inspection.

Fact Sheet: Assessing and Caring for Cattle After Wildfires

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If you are affected by the wildfires...

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Hay or feed supplies: please contact the Texas Department of Agriculture's Hay Hotline.



The Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) website with current supply point updates. Please continue to monitor their website or call your local Farm Service Agency office for further details.

The Texas Department of Agriculture is also encouraging impacted ranchers to utilize the Hay Hotline to locate forage and hay supplies. The listings include individuals and businesses that have hay for sale or pasture for lease. To access the Hay Hotline, call 1-877-429-1998, or go to TexasAgriculture.gov and look under Most Popular Links.  

Wildfire Information Links and Resources

» Texas Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)

» Texas Department of Agriculture Hay Hotline
Texas Department of Agriculture Hay and Grazing Hotline is provided by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) as a service to the agricultural industry to help in locating forage and hay supplies. Toll-free Hay Hotline number: 1-877-429-1998

» Office of the Governor Wildfire Updates

» Texas Department of Insurance Wildfire Resources

»Texas State Comptroller's Disaster Resources and Tax Relief Information

» Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

» Department of Public Safety Wildfire Preparedness

» National Wildfire Coordinating Group Glossary of Wildfire Terms

» Find Your TSCRA Special Ranger


Fire Maps and Current Incident Links

» U.S. Forest Service Active Mapping List of Current Large Fire Incidents

» Texas Forest Service

» Texas Interagency Coordination Center

» National Interagency Fire Center

» GEOMAC Wildland Current Fire Viewer

» Fire Weather Watch and Warning Status


Post-fire Animal and Land Care Information and Articles

Fact Sheet: Assessing and Caring for Cattle After Wildfires

Wildfires Leave More Than Ashes Behind (April 2011)
Some tough decisions lie ahead for ranchers caught in the wake of the recent fast-moving wildfires. 

Damage to Cattle May Be More Than The Eye Can See (April 2011)
Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel advise cattle owners that it is important to get cattle that have been stressed by wildfires to fresh feed and water and to have them checked out by a veterinarian.

Cattle Escaping Fire Death May Have Secondary Injuries (April 2009)
Kay Ledbetter, Dr. Floron Faries, Dr. Ted McCollum, Dr. Ron Gill

Early Detection of Fire Damage Can Minimize Cattle Losses Due to Fire (October 2007)
Kay Ledbetter, Dr. Floron Faries, Dr. Ted McCollum, Dr. Ron Gill

AgriLife Extension: Burial Is Best For Animal Mortalities From Fire (April 2009)
Dr. Floron Faries, Dr. Ted McCollum, Dr. Ron Gill, 254-968-4144

The following are courtesy of the Texas Extension Disaster Education Network - for more information, go to EDEN


Assistance and Recovery Programs

USDA Farm Service Agency Programs

The USDA's Farm Service Agency administers several important programs that help producers recover from disaster damage and livestock deaths. Among the key programs available to address impacts from disasters are the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), the Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program.

Fact sheets for all of these programs can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov; click on Newsroom, then Fact Sheets.

Emergency CRP Grazing Approved for 27 Texas Counties

» Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)

In the event of losses experienced as a result of wildfire, eligible ranchers and livestock producers can apply for benefits through the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) administered by USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA).

LIP provides assistance to producers for livestock deaths that result from natural disaster. LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including losses due to hurricanes, floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires, extreme heat and extreme cold. Eligible losses must have occurred on or after Jan. 1, 2008, and before Oct. 1, 2011.

A notice of loss must be filed with FSA within 30 days of when the loss of livestock is apparent. Livestock that die within 60 days of the date of the qualifying event, but prior to Oct. 1, 2011 will be considered eligible for loss benefits. USDA has established normal mortality rates for each type an weight range of eligible livestock, i.e. Adult Beef Cow = 1.5 percent and Non-Adult Beef Cattle = 3 percent. These established percentages reflect losses that are considered expected or typical under, "normal" conditions.

Producers will be required to provide verifiable documentation of death losses resulting from an eligible adverse weather event. After filing a notice of loss, livestock producers should file a LIP application as soon as possible to avoid a delay in processing and receipt of disaster assistance.

To view and download information on proper LIP documentation required to verify animal loss, click here. For more information, you may also view the LIP Fact Sheet or visit the FSA LIP webpage by clicking here.

For more information on LIP, the program’s application process and other FSA programs, please contact your local FSA office or visit the FSA-Texas webpage online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/tx.

For more information on LIP, the LIP application process and other FSA programs, please contact your local FSA office or visit FSA online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/tx.


Pfizer Veterinary Voucher Program

Pfizer Animal Health is supporting Texas beef producers by helping veterinarians in wildfire-impacted areas assess and treat affected cattle through a new voucher program. Under this new program, vouchers worth $100 are being offered to reimburse Texas veterinarians for consulting fees to assess livestock. Pfizer Animal Health is also making its portfolio of long-acting antibiotics available at no charge to address animal health issues, including respiratory problems, resulting from the fires. This program showcases Pfizer Animal Health's ongoing commitment to the veterinary industry and local agriculture communities nationwide.

As of May 3, 2011, the Texas Forest Service reported no new large fires. They are currently working on 6 major fires burning on 673,985 acres and report that 210 of the 254 Texas counties are under burn bans. Numerous ranch houses and homes, as well as hundreds of cattle, have been adversely affected.

"Many local ranchers are losing their homes and their major, or only, source of income - their cattle," says Dr. Roger Saltman, group director of cattle veterinary operations with Pfizer Animal Health. "It is a devastating and emotional situation for everyone involved. We feel we can help most by ensuring ranchers in affected areas are able to receive the expert care, services and products needed to save and care for their animals during this distressing time."

When cattle have been involved in a fire, it is imperative they be assessed within 48 hours to determine the best course of action and options for the livestock owners.

Veterinarians should contact Pfizer Animal Health's Veterinary Medical Investigation and Product Support Team (VMIPS) at 800-366-5288 or the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) at 800-242-7820 for more information. Producers should contact their local veterinarian or area Texas AgriLife Extension Agent.

Pfizer Animal Health is proud to help ranchers during this difficult time and will continue to do so in the future.



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