We’ve all been closely following the reports as the Lodgepole Complex Fire raged through Eastern Montana over the past few weeks. With fire crews gaining on containment and finally slowing the progress of this behemoth, many people are finally finding a moment to take a breath and begin evaluating how they will pick up the pieces.
The agriculture community is quick to lend a helping hand—we’ve likely all experienced it at one time or another—and there has been no shortage of generosity where the Lodgepole Fire is concerned. With so many opportunities to donate supplies, labor and money we wanted to highlight all the ways so many great Montanans have stepped up to help.
Northern Ag Network
Northern Ag has compiled a very comprehensive list of needed resources and contact information for people who want to help with fire relief.
Lodgepole Complex Fire Relief Fund
For anyone who can’t make a donation of hay, feed or fencing supplies you can always contribute to the Stockman Bank relief fund. The Montana Farm Bureau Foundation recently donated $5,000 and encourages everyone to help support this cause.
The Lodgepole Complex Fire Relief Fund will be used to provide the needed assistance to those stricken by the damage of the fire. Donations to this account will be handled by the Garfield County Fire Foundation.
To donate to the fire relief fund, please stop by any Stockman Bank location or mail to Stockman Bank, c/o Lodgepole Complex Fire Relief Fund, PO Box 80850, Billings, MT 59108.
Foster Ranch & Feedlot
Bill and Jennifer Bergin of Foster Ranch & Feedlot in Melstone are opening their lots to cattle displaced by fire. For more information contact Bill and Jennifer at 406-947-2103 or watch this video.
Shields Valley FFA Chapter Hay Drive
August 8-10, the Shields Valley FFA is organizing a hay drive for FFA members and their families affected by the drought and fire in Eastern Montana. Learn how to donate here.
Girl Ran Away with the Spoon
A jewelry maker in Miles City, Erin Thormodsgard, is selling “Montana Strong” keychains and bracelets with all proceeds benefiting the Garfield County Fire Relief Fund.
You can purchase online here. Please note: demand for these two products has been high (woohoo!!) and they have sold out numerous times already. So, prepare to be patient while they get them back in stock.
Another generous eastern Montana jewelry maker; proceeds from these pretty pieces will go to the Garfield County Fire Foundation via Stockman Bank. Purchase online here.
Garfield County Lodgepole Complex Fire Relief Facebook Group
This Facebook group is great to join and keep tabs on a variety of fundraising and relief efforts.
The Lodgepole Complex is, unfortunately, not the only fire burning in our great state. The fire season is far from over so please take every precaution when you’re out working or recreating.
Check out the Department of Agriculture for more information on Drought and Fire Assistance in Montana.
We know there are other great relief efforts underway. If you know of something great we don’t have listed, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montanans are a resilient bunch; quick to help our neighbors whenever we can. The generosity and hard work of so many people from all across our great state is awe inspiring and humbling. Keep up the good work, Montana!
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