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Oklahoma Wildfire Recovery

FCFI 5th wheel command center donated to FCFI by Samaritan’s Purse and shower trailer provided by Southern Baptist Convention, Disaster Relief Oklahoma. FCFI has two shower trailers still deployed in Texas, from Hurricanes Harvey and Maria.

The Fellowship of Christian Farmers, International is set up to receive volunteers to work disaster recovery in Vici and Woodward, Oklahoma after the devastating wildfires they had there earlier this spring. As many as 28 organizations are gearing up for the relief effort.

The pink shaded area is where the wildfire did damage just north of Woodwa”rd, Oklahoma

From the Enid News:
“Western Oklahoma was devastated by wildfires in April that raged across the area and caused millions in damages.
“More than 348,000 acres burned, causing a wide variety of losses to livestock, pastures, hay, fences and facilities,” Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension livestock marketing specialist, said after the fires.
Of that, estimated cattle operation losses from the wildfires exceed $26 million, according to officials.”

Vernon Peck and Ralph Shallenberger at the FCFI base camp in Vici, OK. They set up the site, now ready for volunteers to take advantage of free lodging.

Most of the work that needs to be done is building fences to corral cattle, to replace the fence destroyed in the wildfires. Dewey County in Oklahoma has about 80% of the wildfire damage, near Vici, OK.

FCFI flags fly over the base camp in Vici, Oklahoma

The temperature in Vici is approaching 100 degrees, not the ideal weather to build fence, but the need for volunteers to build fence is real, as ranchers need to keep their cattle in feed lots and grazing areas.

Stay tuned for more information, as the relief effort gears up, and thank you for your support. Disaster relief work is a great way to show the love of God to people in need.