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Philanthropist To Match Up To $1 Million For Wildfire Relief

There's a match going on, but this one is to help raise money for wildfire relief after more than a million and a half acres of crop and ranch land that was burned in four states.

Wildfires raged through parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Kansas last month leaving cattle and other livestock dead and burning farmland and fences.

Howard Buffet, a philanthropist, farmer and rancher, has promised matching dollars up to a million for wildfirerelieffund.org.

The Buffet Foundation is working with Drovers and the Farm Bureau Foundation to make it happen.

The response for immediate help with feed and other contributions was very generous, but now the rebuilding is a long expensive haul with one mile of fencing alone costing $10,000.

An estimated 18,000 miles of fencing has been lost.


Aileen LeBlanc is news director at KMUW. Follow her on Twitter @Aileen_LeBlanc.

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