Horses Displaced by Colorado Wildfires

Horses Displaced by Colorado Wildfires


More than 200 horses have been evacuated from a wildfire burning near Manitou Springs, Colo.

David Rose, public information officer for El Paso County, Colo., said that on June 23 county fire officials began receiving initial calls about the Waldo Canyon wildfire. Since then, the blaze has forced 6,000 people and an unknown number of horses to evacuate, he said.

"We don't know exactly how many (horses) have been evacuated, but we do know they have been placed at the Teller County Fairgrounds in Cripple Creek and at the Norris Penrose Equestrian Center in Colorado Springs," Rose said.

Humane organization personnel and fairgrounds and equestrian center staff are caring for the animals, Rose said.

No one from the Teller County Fairgrounds was available for comment. Jennifer Ostrander, barn manager for the Norris Penrose Equestrian Center, said 200 horses are currently residing at the center.

"They started arriving about 4 p.m. on Saturday, and most of them will stay here between three days and one week," Ostrander said. "Some may stay longer depending upon the location of their homes."

Rose said that as of June 25, the wildfire had consumed 3,446 acres and was 0% contained.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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