Dramatic video of the raging Easy Fire in California shows the moment a horse is brought to safety on a highway, but then returns to its burning stable to rescue other horses trapped in the fire.
The images appeared on Wednesday when the Easy Fire in Simi Valley skimmed through more than 1,000 hectares of land in more than three hours.
Video shows farmers who frantically try to bring their stallions to safety, away from the orange flames and thick smoke on the nearby Tierra Rejada Road.
After a tall black horse is brought to safety on the highway, it turns around and runs back to its fenced farm to drive two other horses, including a young foal, up the safe road.
Shocking video shows farmers struggling to bring their horses to safety amid the Easy Fire in Simi Valley, California and the moment a horse returns to its burning stable to save other horses
The images appeared on Wednesday when the Simi Valley Easy Fire quickly shot through more than 1,000 hectares of land in more than three hours and let this horse rescue its friends
After a rancher had brought the black horse to safety on Tierra Rejada Road, it circled and ran back to two other horses, including a young foal, on the highway.
Go back: This is the moment when the black horse burst out and ran behind a wire fence on the ranch in Simi Valley
Then a brown horse and a young foal appear and run together with the black horse, following it on Tierra Rejada Road
The fire and smoke were so thick that a reporter on the spot could not distinguish the name of the farm where they were.
Thanks to the help of friends and strangers on stage, all horses were brought to safety, except for a 28-year-old Mayer who had to be euthanized on stage because she broke her two front legs while she fled from the fire, according to CBS.
The Easy Fire lit on Wednesday around 6.15 am in the hills along Tierra Rejada Road.
The flames spread rapidly when hurricane force blew wind gusts at 74 km / h in a westerly direction and quickly scorched through more than 1,300 hectares of land. Ventura County officials have ordered mandatory evacuations in the area around the fire.
The fire surrounded and threatened the presidential Ronald Reagan library, home to archives from his tenure, his Air Force One plane, and the burial place of the deceased president and his wife.
Helicopters saw water and a fire retardant dump into the library to prevent it from being consumed by the fast approaching flames.
Just before sunrise on Wednesday, a simple fire broke out in Simi Valley, just 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The fire started around 6 o'clock in the morning and destroyed more than 1000 hectares of land in just three hours
Photos of the Tierra Rejada Road ranch show him on fire with three horses in front looking for cover
The rescue: this is the black horse that walked back to the ranch to save this young foal
Eventually, all horses on the relevant farm were brought to safety except one that had to be euthanized because she had broken her front legs to flee
The Easy Fire together with the Getty Fire and other fires that raged in Southern California have led to the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents, including celebrities.
The fires also led to a hasty collection of horses in the area.
Employees from the Los Angeles Pet Services department who cared for the animals in the stables of the Hansen Dam said they would welcome any horse needing shelter for as long as needed.
& # 39; We are going to keep this place open if we need it, if anyone needs this space. The stables are here for these horses being evacuated & # 39 ;, says Lucy Ruiz, an animal technician at the Animal Services Department.
A 16-year-old horse named Prince Toby, who longs for the Hammarberg family of the chic Pacific Palisades neighborhood, is one of those horses that needed to be saved.
When the fire broke out in the early hours of Monday, the Hammarbergs evacuated to a hotel. Animal rescue agencies under a police escort went to fetch Toby from his home in a nearby gorge.
A shocking photo of the effect of the natural fire on nearby ranches was created on Wednesday. Fabio Losurdo imagined comforting his horse Smarty on a ranch in Simi Valley while the Easy Fire shot through the area
Ranchers evacuated horses from their burning ranches while the Easy Fire is spreading around Simi Valley on Wednesday
The flames of the Easy Fire spread rapidly when hurricane force blew wind gusts at 74 km / h in a westerly direction and scorched quickly through more than 1,300 hectares of land
Prince Toby is now sheltered in the stables of the Hansen Dam Horse Park in the nearby San Fernando Valley, along with 125 other horses that have been evacuated from the fires.
& # 39; He probably doesn't like it and misses his friends. They are used to being together and here he is in a strange place with strange horses, "said Louise Hammarberg, a Swedish citizen living in Los Angeles since she was 17, after visiting her horse Toby.
Prince Toby was in a stable in the gorge when the Getty fire ignited on Monday morning near the Getty Center museum and forced evacuations in Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and other neighborhoods.
& # 39; We were not allowed into the gap, but he was taken away by a carrier and a police escort, because people had not received permission, so I think they needed the police to take them out, & # 39; Hammarberg said.
Authorities have had a lot of practice in evacuating horses because forest fires are becoming more frequent and intense, which according to the state is largely a function of climate change.
Earlier this month, more than 200 horses were brought to safety in the Saddleridge Fire near the San Fernando Valley.
A rancher suggested removing their horse from a burning farm in Simi Valley, California above
A pictured rancher tries to extinguish a fire in a chicken coop in a burning ranch while the Easy Fire spreads on Wednesday near Simi Valley, north of Los Angeles
Towering smoke waves took over the hills of the rural valley in the aftermath of a state-wide natural fire crisis
One of the worst fires in the area, the Thomas fire in December 2017, which shot through the provinces of Santa Barbara and Ventura, killed at least 54 horses, the authorities said.
Southern California is one of the largest horse racing centers in the United States, with a sunny climate that allows horses to run all year round. Moreover, the canyons and foothills are an inviting terrain for recreational riders.
The Hammarberg and thousands of other families evacuated from the Getty Fire still don't know when they will go home.
& # 39; We don't know and that's the hardest part. Because if you know you will be away for a week or a day, plan accordingly. … He (Prince Toby) is also ready to go back, I think, & she said.
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