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December 16, 2021


I saw that KS had hurricane force winds, fires and electrical outages on our local news the next evening. Texted Dudette to make sure everyone made it thru okay (which she affirmed).

Farming/ranching is a tough life since so much of it is at the mercy of Mother Nature and she is horrible about keeping her calendar up to date so that others can see what is coming up.

I'm surprised by the reach of coverage - that you saw the news, Bogie.

Yes, Cat II force winds. Normally, farming/ranching is really tough on the small farmer/rancher; but, I'm not sure there are any of those left, anyway. When I read about a rancher having to put down hundreds of head of cattle, I don't get the image of a small operation. (I thought that my grandfather's 25-head dairy farm was big in the 1940s!) Wildlife casualties were high in the fires, too. Really sad.

Sounds like serious damage we didn't hear as much about in the news media. Glad it was no worse for you where you live than what you described.

Joared--Too much other news to take notice of 400,000 acres of prairie fire in Kansas. Fun fact: Kansas covers about half the geography that is covered by California while being populated by only 13.5% of the population. California has had three (single) fires that exceeded 400,000 acres in the past 3 or 4 years.

OMG that is all horrific. The picture of the fire against the cow - wow. Why did I not hear this on the news? I"m sorry you are dealing with this.

Welcome, Margaret. Thanks for the thoughts. Fortunately for us suburbanites, well away from these particular fires, dealing with it isn't hard. We feel for those who cannot say the same!

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