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Horses owners scramble to move animals away from Creek Fire

As heavy smoke from the Creek fire darkened skies above, horse owners around Sylmar scrambled to move their animals into trailers and away from the firelines Tuesday.
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residents that horses had been injured or killed by swift-moving flames, but first responders were spread so thin by the erratic wildfire, they had no information to share Tuesday at mid-day.
Oscar Martinez, 37, of Panorama City, said a friend was able to save his two horses — Chikilin and Prieta — after the fire erupted at Rancho Padilla, where the equines were staying.

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Some residents shared unconfirmed reports that as many as 30 horses may have been injured and some killed at a nearby ranch. Los Angeles County Fire Department and L.A. Fire Department officials on Tuesday had no immediate information about the report.

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“The whole ranch is completely gone,” Martinez said. “It’s so sad … nothing we can do.”
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Martinez, who owns a business in Lake View Terrace, joined numerous residents on Tuesday, helping to move horses to safety on Osborne Street in Sylmar.
“We can help some people,” said Otto Mayen, 43, of Lake View Terrace, who donned a surgical mask to cope with the smoke.
Ana Diaz, 30, of Pasadena said her husband was one of the people who lost a horse in the flames. But he was able to move over horses out of danger, she said.
She said they were looking for a hotel to stay after being evacuated from the area.”We were getting ready to move into a new apartment on the 10th,” Diaz said in a somber tone.
 
Source: Oc Register

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