Six months ago today, a lightning strike ignited one of the largest fires in Oregon’s history. Ranchers who lost cattle and grazing land still haven’t received federal disaster aid.
The Long Draw Fire killed more than 100 cows and calves. And it left federal range land in Southeast Oregon blackened and off limits to grazing for two years.
Rancher Richard Eiguren says that after the fire, it’s costing him five times as much to buy grass and hay to feed his herd.
He says friends and family have struggled to find any suitable land for their animals.