BOONVILLE – Two local individuals are seeking donations to help with the efforts in assisting individuals affected by the devastating fires in Kansas.

Larry Oerly and Diana Thomas are seeking any help they can get before Oerly takes a load of hay out to Ashland, Kans. on March 30.

“On March 6, a massive wild fire hit the area. It started in Oklahoma when two power lines blew together in 70 mph winds. The Starbuck Wildfire burned over 800,000 acres. In Kansas it affected Clark, Meade and Comanche counties. In Clark county alone 467,000 acres were decimated, which equals 89 percent of the county and included 31 homes. In Comanche county 23,000 acres were decimated,” Oerly stated. “An estimated 10,000 head of momma cows and an unknown number of baby calves were killed. The cows that did not have calves were pregnant and getting ready to calf.”

Oerly stated his mission is to help the youth who have dedicated their time in helping the unfortunate, which are the helpless victims of the fire.

“I am taking this hay to the Ashland area 4-H clubs who are helping feed orphan calves that either lost their mothers or their mothers were burned and unable to nurse their calves,” he added.

Oerly stated there were also horses that were killed or had to be destroyed.

“Many family pets, dogs and cats were killed in these fires,” he stated.

Individuals wanting to donate can bring their donations to Diana Thomas at the Cooper County Collectors office (second floor of Cooper County Courthouse). Checks can be made out to the Ashland Community Foundation and in the memo mark, Fire Relief Fund.

Checks can also be mailed to the Ashland Community Foundation, PO Box 276, Ashland, KS 67831.

Individuals having questions, can direct them to Oerly at 660-621-5737, or to Thomas at 660-888-3856.