(HELP ANIMALS) Several major wildfires that all flared in just 24 hours continue to burn throughout Southern California, scorching a combined 83,000 acres, destroying an estimated 200 homes, and prompting at least 150,000 people to evacuate.
The Thomas fire in Ventura County was the first and, so far, the largest of the wildfires. The mammoth-sized fire has burned over 65,000 acres of land, destroyed at least 150 structures, including the Vista del Mar Hospital, and forced 27,000 people to evacuate, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency on Tuesday morning.
The second of wildfires, the 11,000-acre Creek fire, in the San Gabriel Foothills of Los Angeles is the second-largest of fires, destroying more than 30 structures in its path.
Another, the Rye fire, erupted in Santa Clarita, tearing through at least 7,000 acres, forcing several schools and a trailer park to evacuate.
The fourth fire, which is now 50 percent contained, took place in San Bernardino County, injuring three people and burning 100 acres of vegetation.
The latest and hopefully the last in this series of devastating fires, the Skirball fire, shut down the 405 freeway on Wednesday morning and has burned 150 acres and 6 homes by the Getty and Skirball Center.
While many homeowners were able to flee the flames in time, others were not as lucky. In the Thomas and Creek fires, many ranch properties have been destroyed and dozens of horses have been injured or killed by swift-moving flames.
Fed by rapid winds, low humidity, and dry conditions, at least three of the fires are zero percent contained and continue to threaten over 3,000 homes. The fires are expected to grow as gusty winds continue through most of the week.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged those under mandatory evacuation orders to leave their homes before it’s too late.
In addition to the 220 animals already in their care, the Humane Society of Ventura County has taken in an additional 130 animals since the fires began, and the number keeps rising. The organization is accepting hay, cat food, rabbit food, flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, water troughs, bottled water, fruit, snacks, hoses, power generators, and monetary donations.
The California Wildlife Center in Malibu is also treating wildlife affected by the fires–including the lucky rabbit saved by one very brave man in last week’s viral video.
Global Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that funds emergency animal rescue worldwide, is collecting donations to disperse between HSVC and the California Wildlife Center to help rescue and care for lost or injured animals.
Please consider supporting the efforts to save animals in critical peril. Your compassion in action and support of Global Animal Foundation can help save the lives of animals in crisis.
An estimated 200,000 people have been ordered to evacuate from three massive wildfires in Southern California. Fortunately, many people fleeing the flames are bringing along their animals.
A horse is even seen galloping across a highway in an attempt to escape the smoke and flames that continued to spread.