Wednesday, October 24, 2007

California Fires Force Animal Evacuation

Horses stand in a pasture in Bonita, California as wildfires loom in the distance on October 23, 2007.

For the fourth day, wind-stoked wildfires raged from the Mexican border to Los Angeles burning more than 400,000 acres (161,874 hectares) and forcing evacuations of an estimated 950,000 people.

In San Diego County, officials raced to beat oncoming flames and save pets and livestock left behind by evacuees.

More than 2,000 horses were taken to the county fairgrounds in Del Mar, which became a makeshift shelter for the rescued animals.

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