A community meeting was held in Wall this week to discuss the impacts of the Cottonwood Fire as well as what resources are available to landowners and ranchers, reports KOTA TV News. State and local officials were present to help guide area residents through available resources.
Silvia Christen, executive director for the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association encouraged ranchers to visit with their local farm service agency, which hosts a variety of livestock assistance. The association has also applied for an Emergency Conservation Program, which may help defray the cost of rebuilding fences in the affected area.
Donations are also being accepted at the First National Bank in Phillip. Anyone wishing to donate hay should contact the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.
For more information on wildfires in the Black Hills region, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive.