Wildfires destroyed two Seaboard Foods farms located in the Texas Panhandle on Monday, March 6. Employees safely evacuated the pig farms, located south of Perryton, Texas, without injuries.
This morning, the Texas A&M Forest Service estimated the Perryton Fire located in Ochiltree and Lipscomb counties in the Texas Panhandle covered 100,000 acres with only 5 percent contained. At 12.54 p.m. today, the Forest Service's updated report stated more than 295,000 acres in Ochiltree and Liscomb counties with 50 percent containment.
"Our No. one priority is the safety and well-being of our employees. Unfortunately, we lost some pigs on the farms, but we are grateful our employees are safe and appreciate the measures they took to protect the farms," says Stephen Summerlin, Seaboard Foods senior vice president of operations. "However, with a wildfire this size and unfavorable weather conditions, there is little that can be done to stop the fires, and our focus is to make sure our employees remain safe."
This morning Seaboard Foods began assessing the damage and started the clean-up process, while continuing to monitor the wildfires and weather conditions in the area.