Wildfires are dangerous to many. This, of course, includes horses. When the powerful northern California fires threatened their family, these two horses managed to survive — on their own.
Horses Find Their Way Home After Northern California Fires
Pepe Tamayo didn’t want to leave his horses behind with the dangerous threat of a wildfire, he had no choice. He took his wife, his children and parents, and left. But the access to Atlas Peak Rd. was blocked. Faced with no real choice, he set his two horses free and left, hoping they would survive on their own. The family dog also stayed behind, in the care of firemen who airlifted the family into safety.
The northern California fires put many people and animals at risk. The fires began Sunday and raged until Monday. They swept through Napa Valley, Sonoma, Mendocino and Santa Rosa. The powerful winds drove the flames higher and higher. In the end, they reached an area of 100,000 acres and hit around 1,500 homes. At least 11 people died.
Yet while many pets lost themselves from their horses, Tamayo’s horses had another fate. These two brave animals survived — and more, they came back. It was a surprise when the two arrived on their property, completely unscathed.
In spite of the joy at seeing their horses alive and well, the situation is still tragic. Volunteers helped save hundreds of horses in the area. And this is only one of the natural disasters to wreak havoc on the U.S. this year. More than 200 horses found their way to the Napa Valley Horsemen Association, escaping from the fire. Unfortunately, many of the horses also suffered: burns, smoke inhalation and of course stress afflicted many of the survivors. At least one had to be euthanized.
As when hurricanes Harvey and Irma left many horses stranded and in danger, we now hope that the horse survivors from the northern California fires can find their way home and security, just as the Tamayo family’s horses did.