Long hot summer, convoy of hay
While Texas and Florida were drowning in water from hurricane weather this summer, Montana was burning up. Ranches, farms, livestock, and thousands upon thousands of acres of National Forests were lost. Sadly, firefighters' lives were lost as well.
After this blog published a way to donate to the Garfield County Complex fire, I found out in a roundabout way that my husband's parents, brother and his wife had quietly done just that. My brother-in-law Keon drove his semi truck with a load of hay, as part of a convoy of neighbors and friends that he organized, with the family ranch donating his hay and hauling fees. It takes a lot of precision to coordinate busy folks in agriculture, but together with others, the Judith Basin County response was a blessing to wildfire victims 175 miles away in eastern Montana.
I wasn't surprised that the Holzers of the Mill Iron Livestock Ranch donated hay, hauling and fuel with others from Judith Basin County. But I was sure proud to call them family.