More than 600 Colorado Horses Evacuated Ahead of Wildfires

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The Horse.com, Pat Raia, June 14, 2013

UnknownMore than 600 horses have been evacuated due to wildfires sweeping through Colorado.

According to the Colorado Office of Emergency Management, the fires broke out earlier this week in three locations. As of June 13, the Klikus Fire, burning some five miles west of LaVeta, Colo., was 75% contained while two other fires—the Royal Gorge and Black Forest fires—continued to burn.

“The BlackForest Fire is at 0% containment,” said Colorado Office of Emergency Management Public Information Officer Micki Trost

As a result of that fire and resulting mandatory evacuations, Trost said that 806 animal had been evacuated from areas threatened by the Black Forest fire to large animal shelters. Of those, 200 horses were taken to the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 300 horses were removed to the Elbert County Fairgrounds, and 100 horses were evacuated to the Norris Penrose Center in Colorado Springs. Many other equids have been placed in county and private locations outside the fire zones, Trost said. In addition, other shelters have been designated for small animals. All the animal evacuation sites are reporting to the Colorado Office of Emergency Management, Trost said.

Meanwhile, firefighters continue to battle the fires and the mandatory evacuation order for both horses and humans in fire zones remains in effect.

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
3 Comments
  • Margo Nielsen

    I agree… for the horse generalist, i.e. where the horse is the focus of your interest, vs. riding, driving, other disciplines or breeds, this magazine and EQUUS are chock full of information in every issue. I subscribe to both.

    June 15, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    YES, I too subscribe to Horse.com and LOVE it.. Just tons of information….

    So awful this fire so happy to see they all are trying so hard to help all the animal’s that they can…. Just awful…..

    June 15, 2013
  • sherriey

    yes, me too. i subscribe to The Horse.com and Equus both. these mags are a great source of info…necessary horse owner info. priceless, both. i cannot tell you how much stuff i have printed out from The ‘Horse’ alone. i have subscribed to Equus since it was first published and have not missed a yr yet.

    i think fire would have to be my worst nitemare….my heart and prayers go out to all those poor folk…and its wonderful to hear that they are caring for all the critters too. God bless them…and God help them.

    June 15, 2013