FAIRBURN, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The Farm Rescue Foundation is helping those farmers and ranchers whose winter pastures were destroyed in the Legion Lake Fire.
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018,they delivered 34 bales of donated hay to Needles View Ranch.
Owner Dave Reylets, raises bison and cattle near Custer State Park and lost 700 acres of grazing land in the Legion Lake Fire. Today's load of donated hay came from the Aberdeen area, but other loads can be donated from as far away as Wisconsin.
"Well you'll never forget the fire," said Reylets, "we spent 38 hours trying to fight it, hold it back or do whatever we can or watch and do what can do to protect what we had... but I'll remember, I will remember the people that came to help fight the fire and Farm Rescue as much as anything is how I'll remember this fire."
Farm Rescue has been in the area providing relief efforts to families affected by the fire. They are offering hay donations, delivery services and ranching supplies.
"It's very rewarding," said Levi Wielenga, an equipment specialist and program coordinator for Farm Rescue, "it's a lot of work but it's very, very rewarding when you can come in and you know that what you're doing is really providing a tangible relief to someone who's in crisis.