Substation Fire file photo 2018

In July, the Substation Fire near The Dalles burned close to 80,000 acres, destroyed homes and claimed the life of a local farmer. (KPTV photo) 

WASCO COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - Relief is in sight for Oregon farmers and ranchers who suffered severe losses after wildfires ripped through Wasco and Sherman counties earlier this year.

Oregon representative Greg Walden wrote Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Aug. 2, asking for assistance for wheat farmers and ranchers impacted by the Substation Fire.

“Oregon again finds itself in the middle of a terrible fire year,” Walden said in his letter, referencing more than 250,000 acres of burnt land.

Walden asked for emergency grazing land for local ranchers and flexibility for wheat producers, among other things.

Perdue says the U.S. Department of Agriculture will authorize emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land and will grant necessary flexibility to summer fallow wheat producers.

In his letter, Walden also asked the UDSA to approve Oregon’s disaster declaration after the fires. Perdue said the agency is compiling reported losses and recommendations.

Perdue says the UDSA will decide once the review process is complete.

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