Horses & Wildfires / Fire News

By: Skyepony , 1:57 AM GMT on March 14, 2006

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With the help of a little one I accidently deleted my blog the other day. Thanks most likely to our Benevilent Dictators, it reappeared. So I've decided to do fire news updates in the comments...
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I saw in the CNN article, that Dr Masters had linked in his blog, something both sad yet not suprising:

"I've seen something I've never seen before and that's cattle and horses burned. You'd think they would run, but they just stood there," Whittington told the Amarillo Globe-News.

You would think these majestic creatures would run from fire, since the 1st thing most horses do in the face of fear is flee. But they don't, at least not the majority of domestic horses, for their pasture & particuliarly the barn is their home. Many horses are impossible to lead out of a burning barn without covering their eyes (jacket, shirt, towel or blanket). If you manage to get a horse from a burning barn, be sure to secure it in a nonadjasent pasture or tie it to something or it most likely run back into the fire! My Starrpony once extingushed a campfire by rolling her hindquarters over it, sinnged only 2 hairs. Horses don't behave as expected when faced with fire.

Whittington, is a volenteer firefighter, according to the article. Though some emergengy responders are trained in livestock behavior & handling, many more are not. The local sherriff department "picks me up" if they've spotted a horse loose within a 1/4 mile of my house, even though none of mine have escaped. All it took was one deputy to figure out I could catch horses. Their endeavers of chasing them down with flashlights drawn never seems to work:)

During times of extreme fire threat it is best to make small changes to your routine, have things ready to evacuate, & have a wildfire plan to best ensure the well being of your property & livestock.

First take a picture of you & your horses. Having a microchip inplanted is also good, ask your vet, they are cheap ($25 or so).

Assess your situation~ How many horses? Trailer? If the number of horses don't exceed what could be hauled out in one rig~
*Check your rig, have it in working order. This includes the vehicle used for hauling.
*Train your pasture horses to come when called, by calling them to the gate, followed by treats, near daily, til they run when called, then weekly.
*Train all the horses to load quickly. This can be acomplished by parking your trailer in the pasture, put blocks under the back to stablize it once unhitched & feed your horse in it. Haltered with lead rope, begin by feeding a meal from a bucket on the back or ramp of a trailer, move meal a foot or more forward each meal. Once they got it, continue feeding at least 1 meal a day in the trailer for a week. In a pinch, with an unwilling to load horse, attach a lunge rope to the outside tie, on the side of the trailer they are getting on, have a handler line the horse up, ready to enter, head prefurably in the trailer, draw the lunge rope around the hindquarters but not high enough to slip up under the tail. Feed the rope around the middle support bar (preferably) or through the tie loop on the oppisite side. Pull to apply pressure to hinquarters, keeping taunt til horse is in. This works about 75% of the time, so train your horse to load.
*Put a few day supply of hay & grain in the trailer compartment as well as an extra pitchfork, bale of shavings, a brush, hoofpick, knife, extra bridles & some water buckets.
*Gather all documents including coggins test, registration, vaccination records, pictures, microchip numbers, any recent vet certificates (usually waved for crossing state lines during emergancies) & any maps needed of places you might flee to. Put these in a folder in your truck.
*Devise a plan of where to go in more than one direction. Know where you can go locally~ consult vets, feed stores, local couny emergency planners, local horse papers & people.
Know where you can go in another county if things get real bad. Many states open their larger show grounds to evacuees or you can find boarding barns. Another way to approach this is think, horse vacation. Be it live in a forest or go to one of the many places in the country where you can vacation with your horse. Be prepared to pay for boarding up front.

If you don't have a way to haul them out ~ protect the barn, no brush or trees anywhere near it, excessable by fire department, loose hay cleaned up, no flamible liquids around, shavings pile not exposed to an ember, water the area often & stongly consider a barn sprinkler system.

If you have a trailer or not, being proactive against fire around the barn, can go a long way in keeping you from having to test your fire plan. It's important to have, things like halters with leads attached, tools to bust through a back fence & a fire extinguisher handy. Here's a good site on general barn fire safety.

Sometimes large areas are ordered to evacuate, sometimes you have no option but to leave. A trailer & a plan is strongly recomended. Though when large fires loom & an area of risk is assessed, help may be available, so ask your local emergency personnal.


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111. TxWildfireGirl
1:06 AM GMT on September 09, 2006
Hey! I just now found this! I am the owner of Sissy the burned mare, her Baby Wildfire & Zena & I also take care of them doctering their burns. The fire was horriable! even after the fire we were all still frightened as many wildfires kept starting up and we had sand storms... it was truely devistating.
Anyways our govermant has not helped us that much, all the money that they sent was LOANS!!!! and they havent given out the other money yet.. my neighbor Lane Thompson is paying up to $7,500 per MILE of fencing and he has about 4 sections to fence. We are getting rain but its too little, too late to help all the area ranchers & farmers.

Back to the burned horses...
Sissy's baby was born on the 4th of July. We are setting up a website for them. We are in great need of donations for/of feed, hay & shavings. Habitat for Horses was great help in the beginning then just in the long run wanted their publisity out of the wildfires.. they have not sent us any donations whatsoever and stuck us with bills equaling thousands of dollars, so please do not send you donations to them! we had been giving some prewarning but thought nothing about it.. turns out they have done this before!
Well I will keep checking back and thank you guys I really am glad you are still talking about the fires!

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110. StormDrain
9:11 PM GMT on April 16, 2006
Happy Easter Bunny.

PS. New great-grand colt is named...Rowdy Joe Starlight.
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109. Andjeroo
7:43 PM GMT on April 16, 2006
Great! Hurricane season is coming up quickly, AND we're under a RED FLAG WARNING which surprises me because it seems that the Panhandle is much drier than us. That makes me feel great...I didn't realize that we were that dry in South Texas...

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108. subtropic
3:28 PM GMT on April 16, 2006
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107. palmettobug53
3:16 PM GMT on April 16, 2006
I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
"At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing!"
--Edna Dean Procter, Easter Bells

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106. Skyepony
7:19 PM GMT on April 09, 2006
Had another fire within a mile of here lastnight. Wicked eastbound wind really stoked it up, had to have threated homes. Luckily not move toward me & they got it out lastnight~ Firefighter rock!

Oh here's an article on it, melted siding, threatend homes, last weeks fire made a natural fire break...250 acres~ Like Volusia the chiefs are comparing this year to 1998:(
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105. Skyepony
2:52 AM GMT on April 07, 2006
Thanks Aquak~ I spit cookies & milk on the computer~ My husband says my local forecasts are so good cause I consult my hair:) Humitity is down, so the hair is all good...LOL

Thanks for coming by all & good to see ya native~ it's been a while. Hope the rains come before summer, tommarrow would be better. The draw in for the 11:00 local news was they caught a fire bug:)

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104. Skyepony
2:39 AM GMT on April 07, 2006
Thrusday Night Fire News Update~


KWTX-TV Woodway New wildfires erupt in Panhandle (TX)
Officials in Gray County ordered evacuations of Lefors and Bowers City, the Texas Forest Service said. Residents were taken to a shelter in Pampa, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Wayne Beighle said.

Fires sparked in Crane, Upton, Oldham, Gray, Potter, Howard, Glasscock, Donley, Dawson, Gaines, Lamb and Throckmorton counties. Together, they've consumed at least 25,000 acres, state forest officials said.

Roads shut down in one or both directions were U.S. 87 north of Amarillo; Texas 152 between Borger and Skellytown; Texas 273 between Lefors and McLean; Texas 749 near Lefors; Farm Road 282 northwest of Pampa; and Farm Road 2375 near Lefors.



Burning ban in effect for Morgan County (CO) Outta hand controlled burn started a hay fire

Fire burns grassland in southeastern New Mexico ~ started on Navaho land, ended on a private ranch, 800 acres

Forestry officials say wildfires have been contained ~ High winds and dry weather sparked some two dozen brush fires across Western North Carolina Wednesday, threatening homes in Henderson and Macon counties and shutting down a highway in Watauga County. Shout out to my freinds in Henderson:)


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103. plywoodstatenative
5:42 PM GMT on April 06, 2006
Rain is not expected until early next week here in South Fla, and if it does in small amounts. Not in the deluge that we so need down here. As for fires, we have had numerous brush fires down here, one very large one last week of which covered over 400 acres and shut down two major highways. Most of the fires are blamed on ATV riders who ignore the fire danger and use their vehicles in areas that are under the fire danger. But with the threat of rain, comes the threat of lightning causing more fires. I think our only savior will be a small rain filled tropical system, that or a slow moving tropical low. We can look at hurricane season as good in the sense of rain, but bad because of the forecast.
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102. seflagamma
1:26 PM GMT on April 06, 2006
Good morning Skye,
Saw on early morning news this morning we have a Fire Hazard all over Florida except just the extreme South East Coast area.

We need someone to do a rain dance now for sure!!

Take care and have a great Thursday
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101. aquak9
8:57 AM GMT on April 06, 2006
G'morning skye! (and good luck with the hair!)
:)
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100. Skyepony
1:29 AM GMT on April 06, 2006
The dinos leave end of April (last year the spring special was butterflys)... atleast by then the baby girraffe should be out for public viewing. The dino thing has zip lines, big logs to climb through & on, a dino dig, fun kid stuff. Though if ya like anamatronics, it's impressive~ they are made to scale.
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99. weatherguy03
1:24 AM GMT on April 06, 2006
Oh cool. I was wondering..LOL Will have to check out that zoo, if I ever get down that way. We go to the Jacksonville Zoo every now and then up here. Thanks for the info!
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98. Skyepony
1:20 AM GMT on April 06, 2006
Yeah Brevard Zoo had a dinasour invation. They move, roar & 1 spits. Good fun, the baby dino has even escaped.

The giraffes had a baby...


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97. weatherguy03
12:25 AM GMT on April 06, 2006
What is that thing? A dinosaur??..LOL
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96. Skyepony
12:21 AM GMT on April 06, 2006
oh yeah new long neck zoo picks
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95. Skyepony
12:20 AM GMT on April 06, 2006
2nd link is broke
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92. Skyepony
8:03 PM GMT on April 04, 2006
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91. Skyepony
12:49 AM GMT on April 01, 2006
Seems sorta dry for a controlled burn...
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90. Raysfan70
12:10 AM GMT on April 01, 2006
Skyepony. Got some small brush fires in Hillsborough County and there is one going on in Pasco. seems as though they got them out.

The one in Pasco was froma controlled burn there on Tuesday that rekindled.
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89. StormDrain
8:05 PM GMT on March 31, 2006
FireWx bump
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88. Skyepony
12:33 AM GMT on March 29, 2006
Here's an article on the Wickham Park fire~ burned 100 acres, about a 1/4th of it.

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87. Skyepony
1:06 AM GMT on March 28, 2006
fire's out. Gotta shout a ~Thanks to the Brevard County & forestry firefighters!
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86. Skyepony
6:58 PM GMT on March 27, 2006
From here, looks like they've knocked them down a good bit, at least the wind shifted. Boy Scouts ay?


WFTV Wickham Park Fire

Ogal~He's pretty friendly.
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85. OGal
5:50 PM GMT on March 27, 2006
Skye, what a handsome little one. You have to be so proud. I hope they get these fires under control. I just heard that they are questioning some boy scouts. ( not good ) Make it a great Monday. I would love to hug and kiss that little guy.
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84. Skyepony
5:46 PM GMT on March 27, 2006
Today Wickham Park is a fire, 5 acres as of 45 mins ago. Raining ash here...

I'll be back in a bit.
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83. Skyepony
6:03 AM GMT on March 27, 2006
2 more fires for Brevard county today~ Palm Bay had a 15 acre, idiot reckless arson, threat'ned several homes. & an 80 acre muck fire, inexcessable, in Malabar sprung up. That was most likely lightnin. Those muck fires hang out undetectied, for at times a week or more. Picture dried out swamps burning, not just the surface but under the ground. They have a distinctive smell.

Thanks code~ Got a nice match for him, a Welsh mare, though well she's a bit bossy toward him at times. She is an over dominate mare that came with a lot of issues, as far as people the reforming has gone well. They live together quite well, but she refuses to "stand". I didn't really try to help it along. With a little kid myself, I knew I'd be hard pressed to have time to play with a foal this year. We will be trying for next, but haven't seen her in season yet this spring, so just maybe...I'll know in a month if I could be getting a late summer foal.
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82. code1
6:26 AM GMT on March 26, 2006
Stud fee and bragging rights only, must be very difficult right now. What a nice looking colt Skye has thrown. I know you are very proud!!! Find your own good mare who will compliment him now. Then you will have bragging rights and the colt/filly. The stud fee goes away soon enough on feed, hay, and vet bills. Beeeeautiful baby!
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81. Skyepony
4:58 AM GMT on March 26, 2006
A few more baby pony pics for ya'll. We'd love to have the little guy as our own, but a deal was a deal so we get pics, occational visits & the stud fee.

Suprised to see east central fl go to a watch instead of a red flag warning with an outta hand fire threatnin 50 homes in Titusville.
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80. StormDrain
1:45 AM GMT on March 26, 2006
Baby pony bump.
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79. seflagamma
3:27 PM GMT on March 25, 2006
Sky,

You had an exciting night I understand.
Love the pictures of the little foal.
Thanks for getting it uploaded so quickly.

I'll bet you are out with your horses this morning.

Congratulations on the little one!!!
Gams
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78. theboldman
8:18 AM GMT on March 25, 2006
hey sky thanks for being here for me nice horse pics

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77. Skyepony
3:34 AM GMT on March 25, 2006
Skyepony's 1st foal has hit the ground! Got one pic up, don't know what happen to the other one. But I'll take more tommarrow when the light is better.

Thanks for the horsey bump, got enough red flag warning going on here...
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76. StormDrain
2:10 AM GMT on March 25, 2006
Horsey bump.
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75. Damon85013
12:05 AM GMT on March 24, 2006
Skye, the Miami NWS already updraged the watch to a Red Flag Warning for all of South Florida tomorrow. Hopefully, this wasn't only a tease as far as moisture goes...but Lord knows you don't need any more lightning!
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74. Skyepony
12:03 AM GMT on March 24, 2006
Total rain... 0.34".

Damon I guess that won't knock the fire danger down for long...

The smell of rain was ssoooo sweet, I opened some windows.
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73. Damon85013
9:44 PM GMT on March 23, 2006
Then again, there is a lot of moistre in and getting ready to transverse southern Florida...so maybe that area will be spared high fire threat on Friday, too. Hope so!!
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72. Damon85013
9:39 PM GMT on March 23, 2006
pars = parts* lol
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71. Damon85013
9:39 PM GMT on March 23, 2006
Yep, pars of northern and central Florida are back under Red Flag Warnings during Friday afternoon, as it looks like all but the extreme western Panhandle might see a high fire danger again.
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70. Skyepony
9:22 PM GMT on March 23, 2006
Back in the bright pink, somewhat expected with the lightning.

But the lightning has brought drenching rain:)) okay only .14" in the last hr, but the dust is knocked down for now.

bbl
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69. Skyepony
6:38 PM GMT on March 22, 2006
& our state is bright pink...
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68. FLCrackerGirl
4:51 PM GMT on March 22, 2006
^Bump for Locals
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67. StormDrain
1:38 AM GMT on March 22, 2006
Skye, Don't have a name yet except Starlight will be part of reg name. Since they've got Blue Skies already, maybe Red Starlight? (new one is a red dun or roan)
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66. Skyepony
9:30 PM GMT on March 21, 2006
Day is going well...Thanks

Here's a barn fire safety article

A highlight

Dr. R. Dean Scoggins, an equine Extension veterinarian at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana says, "Horse barn fires are something that happen with some regularity, most started due to avoidable electrical problems in the barn wiring."

Stresses the need to evaluate wiring, have an electrition out, watch for wires chewed by rodents, have the electrical box excessable to turn off power as well as an extinguisher for electricail fires.
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65. FLCrackerGirl
4:41 PM GMT on March 21, 2006
Have a Great Day Sky!
^Bump
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64. Skyepony
4:07 AM GMT on March 21, 2006
Glad to hear the rains have come & calmed the fire threat there as well. Too close to the great-grandcolt.

They coming up with names for the other one or do we need suggestions?
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63. StormDrain
8:19 PM GMT on March 20, 2006
Good weather news:

Area of Oklahoma where my great-grandcolt, Blue Skies, lives received long, steady rain all weekend. Had been fires in all directions at a distance of 15-20 miles. Fire danger situation has changed for the better.
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62. Skyepony
6:58 PM GMT on March 20, 2006
Seems wildlife tries to make a run for it but sometimes gets trapped.

The fires seem good for deer, rabbit, turtles & etc, causes increaseds population #s a few years down the road. It's due to the improved habitat from new growth, though there are a few exceptions. Govt Article.
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61. OGal
3:25 PM GMT on March 20, 2006
Hi Sky, I just read your blog. How interesting! I would think that cows would just stand there, but horses-Wow! I always thought that horses would run. What do you think about wildlife? Do you think that deer flee or do they stay too?? Anyway lots to think about. I just hope all the folks on the blogs that do have horses or cattle are reading your information. Make it a good week and you are cutting down on the smokes so that's a start.
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