At least 80 head of cattle burned to death in an aggressive wildfire that has now spread to more than 455,000 acres of rangeland in southeast Oregon. Now six ranches are picking up the pieces and struggling to find adequate food for their surviving herds.
The Long Draw Fire, located near Basque, Ore., was started by a lightning strike on July 8. Six ranches – 12-Mile Ranch, Mayer, Lucky Seven, Eiguren, Dowell and Wilkinson – have each reported rangeland and cattle lost in the inferno.
Jeanette Yturriondobeitia, co-owner of 12-Mile Ranch, told Capital Press that at least 80 mother cows out of 300 were found burned to death or had to be destroyed due to the extent of their injuries.
“I don’t know how many calves,” Yturriondobeitia said. “I’m riding across black ground and rock. My daughter and I are gathering up some left.”