Heroic Race To Save Animals Threatened By SoCal Wildfires Continues

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Horses are evacuated along Osborne street at the Creek fire Tuesday morning. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Harrowing stories and photos have emerged that paint a vivid picture of the rampant devastation and chaos that has erupted with the wildfires that are currently scorching through the Southland.

As the Creek Fire burned through an estimated 11,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest near Sylmar, firefighters battled a blaze that was threatening the Wildlife Waystation.

The 160-acre animal sanctuary is home to more 400 wild and exotic animals including lions, tigers, bears, eagles, alligators and chimpanzees.

Above photos of Wildlife Waystation by Matthew Glasser

As per NBC, staff and volunteers worked diligently to board animals to safety before the flames could reach them.

Meanwhile, Reed Gibson and his father Dale, who operate Gibson Ranch, a family-owned horse boarding and equine facility in Shadow Hills, confirmed to KTLA that while they lost several barns, they were, fortunately able to save the horses that are boarded on the property.

A reported 85 horses were boarded at the ranch before being evacuated and more than 20 cattle.

 

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While covering the fire at Gibson Ranch, CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Kristine Lazar and her cameraman Marvin Stone also stepped in to save horses from the fast-moving flames.

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Lazar described the scene as “frantic” and “tense” with thick black smoke and flames making it difficult to breathe for the horses and people on the ranch.

As the Creek fire rages, horse owners also scrambled to evacuate their animals to safety.

Horses are evacuated from a ranch along Kagel Canyon at the Creek fire Tuesday morning. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Sadly, according to the Los Angeles Daily News, many residents shared unconfirmed reports that as many as 30 horses may have been injured and some killed at a nearby ranch.

Residents in the affected areas also scrambled to evacuate hundreds of horses, alpacas, and many other animals.

Chu Godinez carries an animal crate containing a chicken as he and Paco Santan evacuate near the edge of the Creek Fire in Lakeview Terrace on Dec. 5, 2017. ANDREW CULLEN FOR KPCC

Jessica Farrell evacuates her mother’s dog Hazel as the Creek fire threatened homes at the end of Esko Avenue in Sylmar. Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Please donate to help support Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation’s disaster relief efforts, Information below.

LACACF is accepting donations to supplement its disaster relief efforts through its Noah’s Legacy Fund, which provides supplies, training, and equipment to first responders charged with rescuing animals from areas stricken by natural disasters. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 100515, Pasadena, CA 91189-0515 or submitted on the organization’s website.

The Humane Society of Ventura County also issued a call to action this morning.

As HSVC works to care for the more than 100 animals that it has taken in since the fires began, the organization says it is in need of donations. Alfalfa hay, Timothy hay, cat chow, rabbit food, flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, water troughs, bottled water, fruit, snacks, hoses and power generators can be dropped off at the shelter at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai.

HSVC is also asking for food and water donations to feed volunteers working around the clock.

Those who cannot bring supplies to the shelter can make cash donations on HSVC’s website HERE.

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