Representatives of three local fire departments each received a $1,500 check from American Farmers & Ranchers Insurance on Tuesday, June 6, for fighting wildfires in March 2017 that ravaged northwestern Oklahoma.
AFR Insurance owner Steve Stinnett said the donation is intended to cover the costs of any equipment damaged while fighting the fires.
Stinnett presented the checks to Grove Fire Department Assistant Chief Rocky DeSilva, Hickory Grove Fire Department Chief Billy Moore and Bernice Fire Department Chief Andy Andrews.
AFR Insurance has given away checks totaling more than $200,000 to Oklahoma fire departments since May, according to an AFR Insurance press release.
The wildfires burned about 424,000 acres in Oklahoma, destroying 26 homes and killing an estimated 3,000 head of cattle and 6,500 hogs, according to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.