Fire is always an issue for sanctuaries in California; we're in the third year of a drought and often the best land for sanctuaries puts us in higher-risk fire zones. The massive, 150,000 acre arson fire in southern California is still only 42% contained - the danger is not over. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by that fire, from the sanctuaries who had to evacuate to the families who lost everything. That this fire, which claimed two humans lives and countless nonhuman lives both wild and domestic, was set intentionally breaks out hearts.
Animal Place was reminded of how quick and frightening fires are when a 6-alarm blaze a stone's throw away set a hillside and barn ablaze. The fire was about 2 miles from the sanctuary. Thankfully, no injuries were reported and none of the animals on the farms near the fire appear to have been harmed. It is unknown, as of this, time how the fire started. Thank you to everyone who sent us well-wishes and checked in to make sure the animals were okay. We're fine, safe and sound. The fire reminded us we need to update our fire protocol. We will soon be reaching out to friends, family, coworkers, colleagues and our member base for assistance. Keep your eyes open for that post.
It's a good reminder to make sure you have emergency plans in place for yourself, human family and nonhuman alike.
Cal-Fire's animal evacuation information
University of Florida farm preparation