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Wildfire Response in Oklahoma

In April 2018, wildfires scorched nearly 350,000 acres in northwest Oklahoma. It also claimed 1,600 head of cattle and compromised 2,100 miles of fencing. Damages exceeded $26 million. Oklahoma State University (OSU) Cooperative Extension provided agricultural related relief to affected areas and families. OSU matched producer needs with incoming donations, offered hands-on assistance, and provided science-based information to guide recovery efforts. Between April 13th and 31st, Extension crisis communication via Facebook and Twitter generated a reach of 1,860,142. Meanwhile, Oklahoma 4-H youth development members raised $55,000 for affected families and packed 1,225 sack lunches for hundreds of firefighters battling the blaze.

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Read the full story in STATE, the official magazine of OSU

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Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;
Agriculture economics and rural communities
U.S. States and Territories
Oklahoma
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