Wildfire can leave posts damaged and in need of replacement, but the barbed wire could still be usable, according to a study. Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter
Wildfire can leave posts damaged and in need of replacement, but the barbed wire could still be usable, according to a study.

Wildfire does not damage barbed wire

Some fencing across fire-affected regions may not need to be replaced, but wood posts and stays may be damaged.

Don’t assume that a grass fire has damaged the barbed wire on a fence, Dr. Ted McCollum, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist in Amarillo, Texas, is telling ranchers who saw wildfire rip through their fenced grassland beginning March 6.

“Fences are one of the range developments often damaged in fires,” said McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist. “Certainly, burned wooden posts and stays have to be replaced, but the damage to the b

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