The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is temporarily waiving import requirements on livestock from Oregon in response to an unprecedented number of wildfires in its neighboring state.

Washington’s import requirements for equids typically include certificates of veterinary inspection (CVI) and negative Coggins tests, as outlined on the WSDA website.

“This is being done to help with evacuations … which have strained available stalls and pastures (in Oregon) for sheltering horses and other livestock,” WSDA posted on Facebook.

Evacuated horses exempt from import requirements must not change ownership and must return to Oregon within 30 days.

The WSDA recommended facilities housing evacuated livestock practice good biosecurity. “The Washington State Veterinarian’s Office recommends housing Oregon animals separate from Washington animals,” WSDA said in its statement announcing the waiver.