Monday, September 07, 2009

Over 200 horses evacuated as Los Angeles 'station fire' rages - Full Article

Nick West, H&H news desk

7 September, 2009

Over 200 horses have been evacuated from fire threatened areas of Los Angeles County, USA, as the so-called Station fire continues to threaten properties in the tinder dry hills.

Mary Lukens, Emergency Coordinating Officer for the LA County Department of Animal Care and Control, said: "I've got 115 volunteers and 3 rescue sites for the horses, spread over a 60 mile area.

"We have a very active horse community here with all types of horses from leisure, hunter jumpers, endurance to cattle horses. I run the equine response team. All our volunteers, evacuating the horses, are horse people."

The Station fire, so-called by the fire service because it started near a ranger station in La Canada Flintridge, has burned over 144,000 acres and is the largest conflagration in Los Angeles County history.


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