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Saddleridge Fire: Large-Animal Evacuation Centers Set Up for Horses

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Saddleridge fire: Large-animal evacuation centers set up to prevent horse deaths

by Colleen Shalby

SYLMAR (Los Angeles Times) — 99 Firefighters keep an eye on flames burning behind Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar on Friday. It has long been a dilemma of many wildfires: Where to shelter large animals when the flames come roaring?

Last year offered the strange sight of llamas and horses being kept safe on the beaches of Malibu while the Woolsey fire raged in the hills beyond.

As the Saddleridge fire exploded Friday to 7,500 acres near Sylmar, more than 100,000 people were forced to evacuate, leaving residents in search of shelter not just for themselves, but for their animals too.

The fire ignited nearly two years after the 2017 Creek fire destroyed more than 15,000 acres east of Sylmar. Ponies and horses, including nearly 30 at one ranch, died while trying to escape the flames then […]

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Photo: Firefighters keep an eye on flames burning behind Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar on Friday. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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