Reno County rancher helps bring goat herd to safety from wildfire

A Reno County rancher wasted no time Sunday tryng to help animals in the path of the Cottonwood Complex fire.
Published: Mar. 7, 2022 at 9:53 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A Reno County rancher wasted no time Sunday tryng to help animals in the path of the Cottonwood Complex fire. The fire swept through Reno County Saturday, taking effect on many people’s homes and possessions. It also took effect on animals. A group of goats made it out and now has a temporary home at Dukart Cattle, a Reno County ranching operation.

“Our entension agent, Marcus, called us and asked if we were willing to take in livestock if they had been misplaced or if people had set them free trying to get them out of there,” rancher Robby Gray said. “We luckily had some pens and water and some hay available, so we said we were open to it.”

Sunday morning, Gray, wth Dukart Cattle, headed into the debris of what the fire destroyed. He came out having saved 21 goats.

“They were just roaming around. Their pen had pretty much melted away,” Gray said. “I think what saved them was that they were in a dry lot area and the fire just blew over them. A couple of them were singed pretty good. WE drove back in there and they were ready to go. They loaded right up in the trailer without us having to do anything.”

Gray said the area around the goats had all been damaged from the fire, but none of the herd was lost.

“There was no house. I think one building made it,” he said “There were vehicles melted. You couldn’t tell that there were houses back there. It was just piles of tin.”

Dukart Cattle had its veterinarian come out and treat the goats for all of the smoke they inhaled but Gray said other than a couple of burns, the herd was doing alright.

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