Last week, Operation Barbecue Relief, led by Officer Greg Powers of the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office, deployed to Hutchinson in response to a request to help feed those fighting the wildfires in that area.
Powers is the Kansas state lead for Operation BBQ Relief, making him the primary point of contact for the organization. He has been involved in competition-level barbecue for years.
OBR is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization comprised of competition barbecue cooks, chefs, caterers and other volunteers that come together to feed those whose lives have been affected by disasters.
The Highlands fire, in Reno County, was just outside the city of Hutchinson. About 300 of those living on the north and west parts of town, nearest the fire had been evacuated. The fire had burned over 5,000 acres and although damage assessment is still ongoing, there are reports of at least nine homes destroyed.
For more information and to volunteer or donate, go to www.operationbbqrelief.org.