Camp Fire Resouces
Resources for Livestock Operators Impacted by the Camp Fire
Highway 70 Access - Commercial livestock operators who need to move cattle down highway 70 over the next few weeks (while it is closed) should contact Tracy Schohr, UC Cooperative Extension Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-716-2643. Thanks to Butte County Supervisor Steve Lambert who has been working with Schohr, coordinating with California Highway Patrol to provide escorted access for semi trucks down highway 70 canyon. Highway 70's road closure could increase cattle transportation for livestock coming from Plumas and Sierra county down to Butte County by 50% or more, we hope this option will prevent additional production costs to local rancher. Again, please contact Tracy Schohr for more details.
Farm Service Agency Livestock Producer Resources - The Butte County Farm Service Agency can assist producers impacted by the Camp Fire with forage loss, infrastructure loss (e.g. fence, barns, water systems), short term emergency loans (e.g. $50,000 in 4 days), cattle death and more. Click here for resource guide to learn more.
Cattle Loss - If you lost cattle due to the Camp 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 at 916-716-2643.
Livestock Drinking Water Quality - The Camp Fire was unprecedented, burning 20,000 structures and thousands of vehicles. UC Cooperative Extension is looking at heavy metals, nitrates, VOC's and bacteria in waterways following the Camp Fire to identify any potential concerns for livestock producers.
- Salinity and toxic elements in livestock drinking water can cause animal health problems. Click for Colorado State Cooperative Extension brief on topic.
- Heavy metals and nitrates can be harmful to livestock health and can lead to death. Research has found an increase in surface water heavy metals after fires (Abraham et al., 2017). Click here to read more.
Estimating the Cost of Replacing Forage Losses - Valuable forage was lost in the Camp Fire on an estimated 30,000 acres. UC Cooperative Extension has develop a tool to help you estimate forage losses.