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Montana Burning Up

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:50 pm
by Oldtimer
It was just brought to my attention by another cattletoday poster that I haven't been on here for awhile. I've been a little busy trying to survive- we in northeast Montana (after several great years) are in the worst drought in over a century. No moisture to speak of since March- grass is burned and water holes dried up.. Last week we turned the cows into the wheat and hay fields and fall pasture.. Daily job of checking water.

Here I am moving a couple pairs out of a pasture with no water- the grass just crunches under your feet its so dry:
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But we could be worse- 100 miles south of us- on the south side of the Missouri fires are burning everything up.. One fire has now burned close to 300,000 acres and burned out 16 residences.. Miles and miles of fence and hundreds of cattle are lost- along with horse herds and now those ranchers are left with no grass.
Since I lost photobucket- I'm having a terrible time getting pictures to load. But if I can I'll load some..
If not go to my Facebook site Dick Britzman- as it has some photos that show the enormity of this situation..

Re: Montana Burning Up

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:00 pm
by Ol' 243
Man, that's awful. I feel for ya, we had our worst drought since 1917 here last year. Horrible situation, I hope you get some rain.

Re: Montana Burning Up

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:03 pm
by Oldtimer
These pictures show the enormity of these fires.. This one fire is bigger then the size of New York City..
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Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:06 pm
by Oldtimer
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Re: Montana Burning Up

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:10 pm
by Workinonit Farm
Ugghhh!!! A friend of mine (like a daughter, really), is with a crew from Maine, out your way fighting fires. I fell for you and everyone else affected by the drought. We had drought here, a few years back, and I sold off half the herd etc. I have never complained about rain or mud since.

Those fires are terrible! I pray for all those affected.

Re: Montana Burning Up

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:20 pm
by Bright Raven
Terrible!!!

I just Google searched the Montana fires. I was totally unaware what a disaster is occurring up there. I know how vulnerable Montana is to fire. I lived in Helena from 1987 until 2005. One of the greatest places on earth. This really is disappointing for me.

Looks like the eastern part of the state is getting hit the hardest. This is not good. It only gets drier from here. I hope you farewell.

Re: Montana Burning Up

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:53 pm
by gizmom
OT

We will be praying you get some rain and that the fire fighters get control of these fires. Also praying for those fighting the fires.

Gizmom

Re: Montana Burning Up

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:04 pm
by uplandnut
That is terrible, I wish you and all affected the best. I would assume Montana's hay supply is a little on the short side then too?

Re: Montana Burning Up

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:20 pm
by kenny thomas
We had a crew there for 2 weeks and they came home Saturday. Said they were on 1 fire for 4-5 days then never got on another fire. They chopped wood for the Ranger Station and fished till their time ran out. Very bad management of the crews when they were obviously needed elsewhere. I think they were on BLM land.
Another crew was in southern Utah with the same reports. Said nothing to do where they were.

Re: Montana Burning Up

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:31 pm
by Oldtimer
Yeah I think they have fire crews in here from 37 states this morning.. The mainsteam media seems to be blind to these eastern Montana fires- as I've seen very little on national news..
Hay is at a premium- probably going to be around $200 T.. Some being trucked in from Minnesota. Several of my neighbors are selling cows- one is selling 200 head of pairs (about half his herd) to someone in Nebraska- and another is selling 150 head (about 1/3 his herd) to a ranch in Wyoming..
We are in better shape then most- as we have quite a bit of irrigated hay and so will only have to buy enough to make up for what we didn't get off dryland-- and we had a lot of old grass left from last year.. But probably will wean a month or so early- and sell off about 25 to 33% of the herd- as we know that the BLM and State will be cutting AUM's by at least that much next year on the public leases.. Probably won't keep as many bull calves or heifers to winter and sell as replacements.. Sell the bulls as calves after they are weaned..

Re: Montana Burning Up

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:40 pm
by Cross-7
I feel for y'all.
Starting in the fall of 2010 till late 2012 we didn't get but about 6" and very little at a time. We had more than a 100 days in 2011 with a 100 degrees and most days it was a 110 or more.
It's a scary hopeless feeling, but it'll rain again.
Just have to wait, survive and pray.

Re: Montana Burning Up

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:15 pm
by WalnutCrest
Wow.

Not a lot more to say than that.

I'll be praying for you all.

Re: Montana Burning Up

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:09 pm
by ALACOWMAN
I'll be praying for you all.[/quote] here to....hope it turns around for you before fall

Re: Montana Burning Up

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:12 pm
by Nesikep
Cross-7 wrote:I feel for y'all.
Starting in the fall of 2010 till late 2012 we didn't get but about 6" and very little at a time. We had more than a 100 days in 2011 with a 100 degrees and most days it was a 110 or more.
It's a scary hopeless feeling, but it'll rain again.
Just have to wait, survive and pray.

That sounds like 2015 was here.. zero rain in the growing season, 100+ from May through september.. No matter how much you watered, grass didn't grow, it just sat there... 95 here today

Re: Montana Burning Up

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:11 pm
by greybeard
Yeah I think they have fire crews in here from 37 states this morning.. The mainsteam media seems to be blind to these eastern Montana fires- as I've seen very little on national news..

I keep up with the news pretty regularly...I thought.

This thread, is the first I've heard of these fires.
I hate to see it happen anywhere, but I remember the great pics of those same areas in the past.
Heartbreaking.