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Ranchers affected by wildfires in Oregon can now apply for help through a new state program.

About $100,000 are earmarked for disaster relief and recovery.

Ranchers who think they might qualify can apply for the program through the end of the month, at the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, local Farm Service Agencies and other government offices.

Last year, wildfires burned more than one million acres in Oregon, prompting disaster declarations in Harney and Malheur Counties.

And this year, drought declarations have already been extended to many other counties in the state.

The Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Station will receive $30,000 of the funds to study wildfire prevention on Oregon rangelands.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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