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Flames from the Hennessey Fire are seen in the last image from a tower-mounted camera before it melted, according to AlertWildfire, on Atlas Peak northwest of Vacaville, Calif. on Aug. 18, 2020. (Photo: Alertwildfire.org/Handout via Reuters)

‘Lightning siege’ sparks wildfires across California wine country

Almost 11,000 strikes reported over 72 hours

Vacaville, California | Reuters — Lightning strikes sparked dozens of wildfires in northern California’s wine country on Wednesday, burning dozens of structures and forcing thousands to flee their homes. California was hit by nearly 11,000 lightning strikes in 72 hours, sparking 367 fires, nearly two dozen of them major, as the state suffered a record […] Read more

Grassland wildfire

SSGA launches wildfire relief fund to help Biggar-area ranchers

Loss of grass and fencing added to already difficult conditions

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association has launched a relief fund to help Biggar-area ranchers affected by last week’s wildfire. “We’re collecting whatever people can offer,” said SSGA President Bill Huber. “Losing 22,000 acres of grass is a devastating setback. Cattle will have to be fed, which means ranchers will need feed and transportation. And maybe […] Read more


Four ways to help protect your farm from fire

Four ways to help protect your farm from fire

Whether it’s close to home or across an ocean, fire hasn’t been far from the news this summer. This year has been average in terms of fire risk on the Prairies, says Mike Flannigan, professor of wildland fire and the director of the western partnership for wildland fire science at the University of Alberta. But[...]
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Ranchers prove essential in fighting B.C. wildfires

Ranchers prove essential in fighting B.C. wildfires

One of the main issues the BC Cattlemen’s Association confronted was animal welfare

The 2017 British Columbia wildfires, the largest in the province’s history, at that time, will likely loom in the collective memory of cattle producers for years. While the devastating scope of the fires is what many remember about that disastrous summer, ranchers contributed greatly to the firefighting efforts and set important precedents about the role[...]
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Water and fire dominate BCCA meeting

Associations: News Roundup from the August 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Concerns about biodiversity and balancing resources were among the issues voiced by the members of the British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association at its 2018 annual general meeting. Newly elected BCCA president Larry Garrett says topics such as disappearing grasslands, water scarcity and using grazing to minimize wildfire risk came to the forefront during the meeting, held[...]
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Loans pledged for wildfire-damaged Alberta farms

Ranchers and farmers in two southeastern Alberta municipalities hit by wildfire in mid-October may soon be able to apply for interest-free rebuilding loans. The province’s Agriculture Financial Services Corp. (AFSC) on Wednesday announced loan applications will be available Jan. 8 for eligible producers in Cypress County and the MD of Acadia. Applications under the Hilda[...]
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Wildfire-damaged grazing areas up for Saskatchewan aid

Saskatchewan’s provincial disaster assistance program (PDAP) will be opened up to cover southwestern grazing areas damaged by this fall’s wildfires. The province’s government relations minister, Larry Doke, on Wednesday announced producers who incurred wildfire damage on “tame and native lands” intended for grazing may now apply for assistance to get feed for affected livestock. Winds[...]
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Justin Grier (l) and Jordan Grier (r) with their grandpa, Dean Miller, at Chilco Ranch, Hanceville, B.C.

BI helps get cattle out of the fire zone

Community: News Roundup from the October 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has purchased a portable cattle handling system to help ranchers affected by the ongoing wildfires in British Columbia’s interior. The equipment includes a tub and chute on wheels and freestanding range panels, six feet high and 24 feet long, heavy enough to handle range cattle, says Maury Grant, Boehringer Ingelheim’s rep[...]
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In June, the U.S. gained access for several of its beef products. The Canadian government needs to engage China on behalf of Canadian beef producers to gain similar access.

CCA Report: Keeping tabs on trade

From the August 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Advocating for resources for the wildfires in British Columbia, preparing for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), achieving equivalent trade access with the U.S. in China are among the priority issues keeping the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) busy this summer. The CCA is making officials aware of the need to address[...]
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