An Ellensburg, Wash., veterinarian says the wildfire that has burned dozens of homes on the east slope of the Cascades has proved deadly to livestock.
The Seattle Times reports that Dr. Mark Kinsel says hundreds -- "maybe in the thousands" of animals have died, mostly cattle. He said Tuesday afternoon that the full toll won't be known for days.
Kinsel is a livestock emergency response committee member helping coordinate a flood of volunteers helping out at the Ellensburg Rodeo grounds -- an emergency shelter for livestock whose homes were endangered by the Taylor Bridge fire.
More than 100 animals from turkeys to horses had been logged in by Tuesday afternoon. Many were picked up running loose so a Facebook page was being set up to help match livestock to their owners.
Veterinarians are on call to treat animals arriving with burns, fence cuts or other injuries.