Total number of cattle impacted by wildfires unknown at this time


In what can only be described as a widespread emergency, severe wildfires are raging over huge parts of Alberta. Cooler, wetter weather earlier this week did mean evacuation orders were lifted for some areas, however huge areas of the northwest region are under extreme threat.

In the fire’s path are countless homes and ranches, at a time of year when many Alberta cattle herds are calving.

Right now, it’s impossible to say how many cattle are impacted, says Brad Dubeau, general manager of Alberta Beef Producers, but ag societies, fairgrounds, and auction markets are opening their doors and facilities to take in as many cattle as need to be moved out of harm’s way.

The most important thing producers can do right now is to call 310-4455 to get the most up-to-date information on evacuation orders, and to best access site information to move animals to.

Alberta Beef Producers is also updating its website as often as possible with information, emergency numbers, and a live map showing locations of offered board. Dubeau says local municipalities and emergency services will be making the call on evacuation notices.

Farmers and ranchers have been working non-stop to try and protect the infrastructure and livestock as best they can, he says.


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