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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


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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California hotels and communities are hosting people’s pets and offering free or discounted housing to help those impacted by wildfires

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  • While wildfires burn across California, communities and hospitality organizations are coming together to help house evacuees.

  • Some areas are opening up more hotel rooms and lodging to evacuees, and others are offering reduced rates to those in need.

  • Airbnb is also offering free shelter through its Open Homes program, and Wag Hotels will host furry friends.

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As wildfires continue to burn across California, local communities are coming together to offer evacuees steeply discounted lodging at hotels and opening up their

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As wildfires rage across California, prepare now for evacuation. Here’s how

This year is already shaping up to be a dangerous one when it comes to wildfires.

More than 300,000 acres have burned across California this year, already surpassing 2019’s yearly total —270,000 acres, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Thousands have been evacuated across Northern California as more than 360 blazes — sparked by an onslaught of lightning strikes in the area — continue to spread, according to the New York Times.

Officials say Californians need to be prepared to evacuate.

“My recommendation is that all the citizens in California be ready to go if there is a wildfire,” Cal Fire

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