N.D. ranchers help wildfire victims

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Wildfires ripped through several parts of the Midwest late last month, causing millions of dollars in damages.

Farmers and ranchers in several states lost their homes and livestock.​

The North Dakota Farm Bureau figured out a way to lend a hand to those ranchers in need.

These cattle are a long way from the lower Midwest, but they'll help farmers and ranchers who are victims of a recent natural disaster rebuild.

"One family in less than an hour lost five homes, hundred miles of fence plus, and buried 550 cattle," said Daryl Lies, North Dakota Farm Bureau president.

Wildfires damaged property, destroyed feed and killed livestock across several states in the lower Midwest .

State government agencies estimate about 1500 cattle lost in Texas alone.

That's why NDFB is turning their normal auctions into a fundraiser for the victims.

"Give them a little silver lining in that cloud that has been cast over them. let them know that we're thinking of them. Even though we're a few states away, the Agcommunity is a small community."Daryl Lies, President, North Dakota Farm Bureau

Ranchers are donating their cattle to be bid on, as well as giving money straight from their wallets.

Donating cattle is like cutting out a large percentage of your paycheck for ranchers, but they say it's worth giving up for people who have even less.

"We went through a small fire many years ago. We know what the trauma is in a small way. I just can't imagine how these people are going to cope down there." Doug Hillie, rancher, donated heifer calf

One hundred percent of the funds raised will go towards producers impacted by the disaster.

NDFB will be holding other fundraisers Thursday in Napoleon and next week in Dickinson.

NDFB raised 10 thousand dollars from the Mandan auction.

They have raised more than 40 thousand dollars so far. ​