Horses Killed, Others Evacuated From California Wildfires

The region’s equestrian community has worked day and night to remove horses from the blazes’ paths.

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While crews battle a series of wildfires that have ravaged more than 140,000 acres in Southern California this week, the region’s equestrian community has worked day and night to remove horses from the blazes’ paths.

Los Angeles County horse owner Allegra Davis said she and some other area residents began removing their animals at the first sign of the blaze. Afterward, they began used social media, telephone, and text messaging to find horses in need of relocation, find transportation, and identify safe destination sites.

“I moved my horses on Tuesday because the fire was getting a little too close for comfort,” she said. “After that I removed seven others on Tuesday and another six on Wednesday. Early Thursday morning I learned from a group text that there were horses running though the Ojai Valley in Ventura County, so I went to help move them.”

But while Davis and others were able to rescue those Ventura County horses, they could reach Rancho Padilla, in Los Angeles County, where 29 of the 60 horses residing there died when fire swept through their barn

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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