Southern California fire update
Some of you are really struggling with the fire situations in Southern California right now. This has been a challenging situation for everyone. Please rest assured that Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. is working hard at ensuring that Inclement Weather and Fire Evacuation Procedures are in place and property owners / facility owners are figuring out the best way to manage a potential threat from the fires. Despite freeway closures and poor air quality in some areas, there has been no immanent threat to the Simi Valley area at this time and no announcement has been made to plan for evacuation. But we are preparing for that if it happens.
The latest news updates have stated that the Ventura County Fairgrounds is where all large animals are being taken in case of evacuation. However, we have heard from neighbors who are assisting with hauling that the facility there is full. So we are looking for alternate temporary housing options.
One of our fosters who lives and used to board in Oak View, was evacuated from Rancho Arnaz. She is in temporary shelter now and her horses are located in the Humane Society of Ventura County in Ojai, which we also heard was burning. Though it is not burning, the air quality is bad there. We are in touch with her regarding her situation. So far, her horses and she are ok.
One of our hay sponsors was also evacuated from Oak View and is staying temporarily with a friend in Oxnard. So far, her family is ok.
Our ranch horse, Baby, is in training and boarding in Sun Valley, which is being threatened by the Shadow Hills fire. The air quality is poor, but there have been no evacuations from her facility so far, so we are monitoring that closely. Another horse that we placed with Tierra Del Sol Foundation in Sunland is in a fire threat zone, but again, no evacuations have been called there. So we are monitoring Copper's well-being there.
This has been a challenging situation for everyone. Although my daughters are going back to school today, LAUSD has mandated that all Teachers who work in the West and East San Fernando Valley do not go to the schools today. 265 schools have closed due to poor air quality and potential evacuation of the areas near the fires in Chatsworth, Granada Hills, Sylmar, and surrounding areas in between. Therefore, I am home today and tomorrow, monitoring and preparing for any further action we may need to take.
The safety of our horses and our people caring for them are of utmost importance. We will take every step necessary to try to protect lives, property, and keep everyone safe. There has been a lot of "panic" on the social media and news channels recently, and it is our understanding that all of the Ventura County fires are 5% contained, but the wind is picking up again and it has been a struggle. There are also Los Angeles City fires which are very strong and active. They are 0% contained.
We ask that everyone stay where they are, do not move our horses without notifying us first. And try to remain calm. Prepare for power outages and evacuation procedures. And wait for emergency response personnel to notify us of what we need to do. Thank you to everyone who has expressed concerns and who is helping in this situation. Your support is very appreciated and valuable.
With Much Love & Gratitude,