For livestock producers impacted by the recent fires, the Farm Service Agency may have resources available to you. Click here for the resource guide developed by FSA and UC Cooperative Extension to learn more. The Lassen County Farm Service Agency (530) 257-4127 providing services to Plumas and Sierra Counties can assist producers impacted by the Loylaton, Claremont, Bear and other fires with forage loss, infrastructure loss (e.g. fences, barns, water systems), cattle death and more. The Butte County Farm Service Agency (530) 534-0112 can assist livestock producers impacted by fires in Butte County.
If you lost cattle due to fire or burn injuries and may seek financial compensation from the Farm Service Agency you MUST have cattle loss verified by a 3rd Party. UC Cooperative Extension is an approved 3rd party and can assist you with this process, please contact Tracy Schohr for assistance in Butte, Plumas and Sierra Counties at 916-716-2643. If you are in Lassen County please contact UC Cooperative Extension Advisor David Lile at 530-251-6673.
UCCE LIVESTOCK AND RANGE NEWS
The Loyalton Fire started on August 14 due to lightening and has burned over 47,000 acres. To assist Sierra County in assessing the damages of the fire on livestock producers, UC Cooperative Extension conducted phone interviews on August 24-28 with 13 ranchers. Our survey found 1,001 head of livestock grazed on lands burned by the fire, including cattle, sheep and horses. Ranchers estimate 1,500 hours has been spent moving livestock out of the fires path and searching for missing cattle. The majority of ranchers impacted stated they did not know the entire extent of the fire damage to infrastructure (e.g. fencing, culverts, water systems) at this time since they had been unable to fully access property. UCCE's rapid assessment found the economic impact for the Loyalton Fire on ranching operations to be over $5.1 million including burned buildings, fences destroyed, lost hay, replacement hay, etc.