Despite being advised to leave their home immediately, the couple decided to stay and fight the fire.
Wendy Bahm says they managed to protect their house and all of their cattle but lost about two kilometres of wooden fencing and 400 bales of hay.
Bahm says it will take a significant amount of time and personal expense to rebuild the fences. Until they’re restored, their cattle cannot be released to pasture and will have to rely on the hay that would have been stored for winter feeding.
“We can easily run out of hay. If we don’t get enough hay up this year, that makes us short going into winter because we’re already feeding into our winter supply.”
Connolly also says the burned fences pose a threat to wildlife, as newborn ungulates can become entangled when trying to escape a fire.
“Removing burnt fences and executing new fence construction in a prompt order is absolutely critical,” she wrote.
Temporary fencing from province not enough: ranchers
In response to the situation, the B.C. government said in an email to CBC News that most of the lost fences are on Crown land, and they are providing affected ranches with temporary plastic electric fencing.
Bahm says the plastic fencing is not strong enough to protect her livestock from predators.
Thomas Stahl, the CEO of Stoddart Creek Water Services, a company assisting the Peace River Regional District with the installation of the temporary electric fences and whose own farm escaped damage, says fences are crucial to safeguarding cattle.
“With beef prices being at an all-time high and these [ranchers and farmers] suffering from the loss of this infrastructure, it’s a good recipe for more disaster,” he told host Carolina de Ryk on CBC’s Daybreak North.
The province says it is collaborating with the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association to assess the effect of the wildfires on farmers and determine the amount of financial support that will be needed to help them recover.
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