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Delta farmers help evacuated animals

Local farmers quickly organized the donation and trucked it off on Sunday
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South Delta farmers gathered bales of hay for evacuated farm animals in Kamloops.

South Delta farmers have reached out to fellow B.C. farmers impacted by the current wildfire situation.

Delta South farmer and MLA Ian Paton said that last weekend he helped organize 265 bales of local hay destined for Sageview Ranch in Kamloops for fire evacuated horses and livestock.

The hay was donated by Danny Sherrell Farms, while trucking was donated by Mike Wolzen.

Paton said that with two-hours’ notice on a Sunday afternoon, a dozen Delta farmers showed up to load the truck.

Many animals on farms under evacuation order have been relocated to other farms and facilities throughout the province.

After a weekend that saw some rain, the extreme fire risk is expected to resume in areas as more hot weather is in the forecast

The province says about 273 wildfires are currently burning with most happening in the southern Interior.

Since April 1, 644,420 hectares have been burned in B.C.