Thunderstorms were the last thing the parched land outside Albuquerque, N.M. needed. Lightning struck a dry field last week and started a wildfire, which has consumed over 80 thousand acres of land.
Ranchers have had to ship their cattle away from the scorched grazing lands to other areas, including South Texas. Agriculture officials have appealed to the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to find public or private land where the displaced cattle can graze.
Les Owen, a range resource specialist with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture remarked, “Finding grass that doesn’t have some cattle on it or some areas of rangeland that haven’t been destocked because there’s just no grass left is nearly impossible in New Mexico.”
The wildfire has only been 20 percent contained.