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From ashes to stitches


August 3, 2017

Reia Lenhart, owner of "Cowgirl Tuff Quilting," shows a quilt that she has finished.

On March 22, 2016, the Anderson Creek Fire ignited into a destructive force and burned over 390,000 farming acres in northwestern Oklahoma and Kansas. The fire started about 25 miles west of Alva and 5 miles northeast of the Town of Freedom at a rest area across from the Stansberrys' home and carved a path of destruction northeast crossing into Kansas.

According to, there were no human deaths but 600 cattle were claimed by the fires. At least 16 homes and 26 structures were lost. One of those structures lost was a shed – to the naked eye a shed, but to the owner more of...

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