6 May 2016

Fort McMurray Wild Fires Are Horror for Horses

From Country Life, 9:05 pm on 6 May 2016
A dashcam video of residents evacuating the Canadian city of Fort McMurray Fire  during a massive forest fire.

A dashcam video of residents evacuating the Canadian city of Fort McMurray Fire during a massive forest fire. Photo: SCEENSHOT/YouTube

The Clearwater Horse Club at Fort McMurray scrambled to find enough vehicles to evacuate over 100 horses, as fires sweeping through Northern Alberta, came close to the equestrian centre where they lived. Some horses that couldn't be loaded onto trailers were left to find their own way to safety.  They are now being captured by first response rescue teams.

Horse owner Christina Lush says they had to use whatever vehicles they could find at short notice and drive up to six hours away from Fort McMurray, a city surrounded by forests.

Christina Lush has no idea what she'll be looking at when she gets home, which could be three weeks from now, because there's been little video footage from exactly where she lives.  But looking behind as she was leaving town was "like an apocalypse".

For now she's staying hours away and has her horses and dogs with her.  At least she says "we're all together."

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