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I Teamed Up With a Bunch of Strangers to Save Animals From the Oregon Wildfires. Here’s What I Witnessed in the Face of Tragedy

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A chicken wanders through charred remains from the Beachie Creek Fire in Lyons, Oregon on Sep. 13, 2020.  Credit – Rob Schumacher—AFP/Getty Images

Pigs aren’t meant to be hoisted overhead by teenage girls and goats aren’t meant to be shoved through open windows, but when fire’s eating its way out of the woodlands into pastures and beasts balk at the barn door, proper loading protocol be damned. You get them into that horse trailer by any means necessary.

My neighbors and I wrangled livestock under a blood-red sky for four days and nights, skin glowing orange as sweaty shirtsleeves

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As death toll mounts, volunteers brave Oregon wildfires to rescue stranded livestock

Volunteers struggle to gather sheep for rescue near Colton, Ore., in the Riverside wildfire south of Portland. <span class="copyright">(Richard Read / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Volunteers struggle to gather sheep for rescue near Colton, Ore., in the Riverside wildfire south of Portland. (Richard Read / Los Angeles Times)

The plea for help appeared on Facebook just after noon: Dozens of animals were trapped on a farm outside the Oregon town of Colton. A wildfire was closing in.

Suzi Cloutier jumped into her pickup and headed south, towing a horse trailer.

As director of an animal sanctuary outside Portland, Cloutier has been on high alert amid some of the worst wildfires in Oregon history.

She sped past barricades near Colton, 30 miles south of Portland on

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A 12-year-old and his grandmother died trying to escape an Oregon fire. Family members say the pair was found a day later in their car.

From left to right: Angie Mosso, Wyatt Tofte, Peggy Mosso, and Coby Bertalotto. <p class="copyright">Lonnie Bertalotto</p>
From left to right: Angie Mosso, Wyatt Tofte, Peggy Mosso, and Coby Bertalotto.
  • At least 46 wildfires are burning in Oregon, including the Santiam/Beachie Creek Fire, which grew from 469 to over 131,000 acres overnight from Monday to Tuesday.

  • That fire, currently at 182,000 acres, killed a 12-year-old boy, Wyatt Tofte, and his grandmother, Peggy Mosso. Their bodies were found Wednesday near their home in Mehama.

  • Family members said Mosso was a devoted, fun-loving mom and grandma, and Tofte was a shy but adventurous kid. 

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On Monday night, Peggy Mosso called her

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