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Horses Set Free To Escape California Wild Fires
 By Winniefield Park   •   9th Dec 2017   •   1,221 views   •   1 comments


In situations that belong only to television movie dramas, dozens of horses were freed from burning buildings at a training facility in California this week. Wildfires have been raging in Southern California for days now. Some have been contained, while others still burn out of control. The fires have forced the evacuation of about 200,000 people according to a New York Times article. Fanned by hot dry winds of 60 miles per hour (100 kmh), the fires spread with fighting speed. Those not directly affected by the fires have had to deal with thick smoke and other hazards that caused school closings and road closures.



In the path of one blaze was Rancho Padilla in Tujunga Canyon, a family owned ranch where 30 of the 60 horses stabled there were lost to the fire. There was no time to evacuate the horses, as the buildings were already on fire when the family woke to see smoke and flames and received orders to evacuate before they could help the horses.



The San Luis Rey Downs training center that housed over 400 Thoroughbred racehorses was badly damaged. Horses were turned out from their stalls by workers and volunteers who risked their own lives, so they could flee the path of the flames. Some horses who were being urged to run from burning buildings froze in fear in their stalls. As the others escaped, the scene was described as chaos, as the normally cosseted Thoroughbreds ran in fear. The equestrian community rallied to help the horses, catching the loose horses and moving them out of harm's way. Despite the rescue efforts itís estimated that approximately 30 horses may have been lost to the fire. Much of the stabling facility is destroyed.

Earlier this week, a group of people who organized themselves over Facebook rescued about 100 horses from fires in Ojai, Ventura County. Fairgrounds, racetracks, campuses and other facilities are being used to house all types of animals from horses to llamas, that have been evacuated.

For those that have escaped the dangers of the fire, many will be dealing with burn injuries, stress and respiratory damage from the dust and smoke.

Authorities advise that itís best to evacuate from a fire threatened area early. Be prepared so you and your animals have the best chance of survival.
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Iv heard not so true on Padilla ranch. Apparently had plenty of warning yet half the horses died because there stalls were PADLOCKED.
  Dec 10, 2017  •  1,289 views
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