The sun rises over the charred landscape in the hills outside of Ashland, Kansas where wildfires swept through the area destroying vast amounts of ranch land last week.  Nick Oxford for The New York Times

The sun rises over the charred landscape in the hills outside of Ashland, Kansas where wildfires swept through the area destroying vast amounts of ranch land last week.

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

 Dead Black Angus cattle wait to be buried after being killed in the devastating fire that tore through the prairie and ranchland outside of Ashland, Kansas.   Nick Oxford for The New York Times

Dead Black Angus cattle wait to be buried after being killed in the devastating fire that tore through the prairie and ranchland outside of Ashland, Kansas. 

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

 Garth Gardiner, left, and Tyson Kolb remove damaged fencing on Gardiner's ranch outside of Ashland Kansas. Vast amounts of ranch land and cattle were lost after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.  Nick Oxford for The New York Times

Garth Gardiner, left, and Tyson Kolb remove damaged fencing on Gardiner's ranch outside of Ashland Kansas. Vast amounts of ranch land and cattle were lost after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

 Garth Gardiner stands in the distance near a row of dead cattle waiting to be buried on his ranch outside of Ashland Kansas. Gardiner lost nearly 500 cattle after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.  Nick Oxford for The New York Times

Garth Gardiner stands in the distance near a row of dead cattle waiting to be buried on his ranch outside of Ashland Kansas. Gardiner lost nearly 500 cattle after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

 A grain elevator sticks out of the charred landscape outside of Ashland, Kansas. Vast amounts of grazing land was destroyed after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.  Nick Oxford for The New York Times

A grain elevator sticks out of the charred landscape outside of Ashland, Kansas. Vast amounts of grazing land was destroyed after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

 Jenny Betschart stands in the ashes of what was once her family's home outside of Ashland, Kansas. The Betschart family lost their house and countless acres of ranch land after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.  Nick Oxford for The New York Times

Jenny Betschart stands in the ashes of what was once her family's home outside of Ashland, Kansas. The Betschart family lost their house and countless acres of ranch land after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

 What once was fertile grazing land was reduced to dust and burnt vegetation after wildfires swept through the hills outside of Ashland, Kansas last week.  Nick Oxford for The New York Times

What once was fertile grazing land was reduced to dust and burnt vegetation after wildfires swept through the hills outside of Ashland, Kansas last week.

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

 What was once fertile grazing land is now an unrecognizable charred landscape outside of Ashland, Kansas.  Nick Oxford for The New York Times

What was once fertile grazing land is now an unrecognizable charred landscape outside of Ashland, Kansas.

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

 The sun rises over the charred landscape in the hills outside of Ashland, Kansas where wildfires swept through the area destroying vast amounts of ranch land last week.  Nick Oxford for The New York Times
 Dead Black Angus cattle wait to be buried after being killed in the devastating fire that tore through the prairie and ranchland outside of Ashland, Kansas.   Nick Oxford for The New York Times
 Garth Gardiner, left, and Tyson Kolb remove damaged fencing on Gardiner's ranch outside of Ashland Kansas. Vast amounts of ranch land and cattle were lost after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.  Nick Oxford for The New York Times
 Garth Gardiner stands in the distance near a row of dead cattle waiting to be buried on his ranch outside of Ashland Kansas. Gardiner lost nearly 500 cattle after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.  Nick Oxford for The New York Times
 A grain elevator sticks out of the charred landscape outside of Ashland, Kansas. Vast amounts of grazing land was destroyed after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.  Nick Oxford for The New York Times
 Jenny Betschart stands in the ashes of what was once her family's home outside of Ashland, Kansas. The Betschart family lost their house and countless acres of ranch land after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.  Nick Oxford for The New York Times
 What once was fertile grazing land was reduced to dust and burnt vegetation after wildfires swept through the hills outside of Ashland, Kansas last week.  Nick Oxford for The New York Times
 What was once fertile grazing land is now an unrecognizable charred landscape outside of Ashland, Kansas.  Nick Oxford for The New York Times

The sun rises over the charred landscape in the hills outside of Ashland, Kansas where wildfires swept through the area destroying vast amounts of ranch land last week.

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

Dead Black Angus cattle wait to be buried after being killed in the devastating fire that tore through the prairie and ranchland outside of Ashland, Kansas. 

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

Garth Gardiner, left, and Tyson Kolb remove damaged fencing on Gardiner's ranch outside of Ashland Kansas. Vast amounts of ranch land and cattle were lost after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

Garth Gardiner stands in the distance near a row of dead cattle waiting to be buried on his ranch outside of Ashland Kansas. Gardiner lost nearly 500 cattle after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

A grain elevator sticks out of the charred landscape outside of Ashland, Kansas. Vast amounts of grazing land was destroyed after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

Jenny Betschart stands in the ashes of what was once her family's home outside of Ashland, Kansas. The Betschart family lost their house and countless acres of ranch land after wildfires swept through parts of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma last week.

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

What once was fertile grazing land was reduced to dust and burnt vegetation after wildfires swept through the hills outside of Ashland, Kansas last week.

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

What was once fertile grazing land is now an unrecognizable charred landscape outside of Ashland, Kansas.

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

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