Volunteers help Clark County fire victims

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ASHLAND, Kan. (KAKE) -

Friday night more than 100 volunteers will be bunking at the Christian Church campgrounds south of Ashland.  

Kim Hazen, one of the volunteer coordinators, says over the weekend 127 more volunteers are expected to arrive.  Hazen says the volunteers range in age from high school age to 70 years old.

Another volunteer coordinator, Kelly McCarty, said most of the volunteers are coming from the Midwest but said some are coming from as far away as California and Virginia.

Friday afternoon a half dozen volunteers from Marshall County, members of a school's Future Farmers of America chapter, were working on the ranch of Jim and Connie Miller, which is managed by Rod and Patty Young North of Ashland.  

"They're a gift from God," Patty Young said.

Besides them, two Farmers from near Concordia brought a skid-steer with an attachment that grabs fence posts and pulls them out of the ground.  Kurt Kocher said, "This is just our part to give these folks who are in need a hand."

The FFA members were rolling up the barbed wire fencing that, Young said, is too brittle after coming through the fire.  She said there are about 9,000 miles of fencing needing replaced in Clark County.

She said the volunteers are a great help during the aftermath of the wildfires.

An earlier error saying the Miller ranch was owned by Rod and Patty Young has been corrected to reflect ownership to Jim and Connie Miller. 

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