On March 3, a massive wildfire hit southwest and south central Kansas causing an estimated devastation of 630,000 acres burned with about 3,000 to 9,000 estimated loss of livestock as well as a large number of hay bales and agricultural fencing destroyed.

Because of that amount, relief efforts are still being made to the area.

Last week, members from the Mecosta County 4-H out of Michigan came for clean up efforts at the Danny Denton ranch in Ashland.

The group was able to make the trip thanks to fundraising.

When arriving to the area, the Michigan 4-H group stayed at Prairie Palace Group Guest House in Dodge City.

According to 4-H associate Ramona Demoret, the group cleaned approximately 4 miles of burned fence posts and barbed wire.

The group also made trips to the Oklahoma panhandle and Texas that were also affected by fires.

Throughout the trip the group was treated to a 4-H barbeque and was able to visit the Long Branch Lagoon through Prairie Palace.

The group was made up of 14-19 year olds that drove 17 hours in three transport vans to provide relief efforts.

The fire, which has been considered the worst wildfire in state history by several state senators, consumed livestock, grazing lands, and fencing, homes, machinery and equipment.

The counties affected by the wildfires were Ford, Clark, Comanche, Ellis, Ellsworth, Hodgeman, Kiowa, Lane, Lincoln, Meade, Ness, Russell and Seward.

Relief efforts are still ongoing in the area.

Cargill made fencing donations and Boot Hill Museum set up a boot drive for the Flax Family of Dodge City who lost their home due to the fire.