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Officials Tabulate Losses from Kansas/Oklahoma Wildfire

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MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. (AP) — Agricultural officials are working at estimating losses from a wildfire that burned hundreds of square miles of sparsely populated land in Kansas and Oklahoma. Kansas Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Heather Lansdowne says damage to livestock, fencing, water systems and stockpiled hay will be in the millions. The fire was mostly contained Wednesday, with crews monitoring for hot spots. The Oklahoma Forestry Service says the state lost about 600 head of cattle and 1,000 round bales of hay. Lansdowne says efforts are underway to estimate cattle losses in the state. Kansas Livestock Association spokesman Todd Domer says some cattle are suffering from smoke inhalation. The association is collecting money for fence repairs. Lansdowne says thousands of miles of fencing have burned and that it will cost $11,000 per mile to replace.

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