Dramatic video from the raging Easy Fire in California shows the moment a horse is brought to safety on a highway but then runs back to its burning stable to rescue other horses trapped in the blaze.
The footage emerged Wednesday as the Easy Fire in Simi Valley quickly razed through over 1,000 acres of land in a matter of just three hours.
Video shows ranchers frantically trying to bring their stallions to safety away from the orange flames and thick smoke onto the nearby Tierra Rejada Road.
After a tall black horse is brought to safety on the highway, it then circles around and runs back to its fenced-off ranch to corral two other horses, including a young colt, onto the safe road.
Shocking video shows ranchers struggling to herd their horses to safety in the midst of the Easy Fire in Simi Valley, California and the moment a horse runs back to its burning stable to save other horses
The footage emerged Wednesday as the Easy Fire in Simi Valley quickly razed through over 1,000 acres of land in a matter of just three hours showing this horse rescue its friends
After a rancher brought the black horse to safety onto Tierra Rejada Road it circled around and ran back to corral two other horses, including a young colt, onto the highway
Going back: This is the moment the black horse broke free and ran behind a wire fence on the ranch in Simi Valley
Then a brown horse and young colt emerge and run along with the black horse, following it onto Tierra Rejada Road
The fire and smoke was so thick a reporter on the scene couldn’t make out the name of the farm they were on.
Thanks to the help of friends and strangers on the scene all the horses were moved to safety except for a 28-year-old Mayerwho needed to be euthanized on scene because she broke her two front legs while from running away from the fire, according to CBS.
The Easy Fire ignited around 6.15am on Wednesday in the hills along Tierra Rejada Road.
The flames quickly spread as hurricane force wind gusts at 74mph blew in a westerly direction quickly scorching through over 1,300 acres of land. Ventura County officials have ordered mandatory evacuations in the area surrounding the blaze.
The fire has encircled and threatened the presidential Ronald Reagan Library, home to records from his time in office, his Air Force One aircraft, and the burial place of the late president and his wife.
Helicopters were seen dumping water and fire retardant on the library to prevent it from being consumed by the fast-approaching flames.
Just before dawn on Wednesday a Easy Fire erupted in Simi Valley, just 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The fire started around 6am and in a matter of just three hours razed over 1,000 acres of land
Pictures from the Tierra Rejada Road ranch show it on fire with three horses in front running for cover
The rescue: This is the black horse that ran back to the ranch to rescue this young colt
In the end all the horses at the particular farm were brought to safety except for one who had to be euthanized for breaking her front legs trying to flee
The Easy Fire along with the Getty Fire and other blazes raging in Southern California have led to the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents including celebrities.
The fires have also forced a hasty roundup of scores of horses in the area.
Workers from Los Angeles’ Animal Services Department tending to the animals at the Hansen Dam stables said they would welcome any horse that needs shelter for as long as necessary.
‘We are going to keep this place open if we need, if anybody needs this space. The stalls are here for these horses that are being evacuated,’ said Lucy Ruiz, an animal technician at the Animal Services Department.
A 16-year-old horse named Prince Toby, who longs to the Hammarberg family of the upscale Pacific Palisades neighorhood, is one of those horses that needed rescuing.
When the fire broke out in the early hours of Monday, the Hammarbergs evacuated to a hotel. Animal rescue authorities under a police escort went to get Toby at his home in a nearby canyon.
Harrowing photo from the wildfire’s affect on nearby ranches emerged Wednesday. Fabio Losurdo pictured comforting his horse, Smarty, at a ranch in Simi Valley as the Easy Fire razed through the area
Ranchers evacuated horses from their burning ranches as the Easy Fire spreads near Simi Valley on Wednesday
The flames of the Easy Fire quickly spread as hurricane force wind gusts at 74mph blew in a westerly direction quickly scorching through over 1,300 acres of land
Prince Toby is now being sheltered at the Hansen Dam Horse Park stables in the nearby San Fernando Valley, along with 125 other horses evacuated from the fires.
‘He is probably not loving it and missing his friends. They are used to being together and here he is in a strange place with strange horses,’ Louise Hammarberg, a Swedish national who has been living in Los Angeles since she was 17, said after visiting her horse Toby.
Prince Toby was at a stable in the canyon when the Getty fire ignited on Monday morning near the Getty Center museum, forcing evacuations in Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and other neighborhoods.
‘We weren’t allowed up in the canyon, but he was taken out of there by a hauler and a police escort, because people weren’t allowed, so I guess that is why they needed the police to take them out,’ Hammarberg said.
Authorities have had a lot of practice evacuating horses, as wildfires become more frequent and intense, which the state says is largely a function of climate change.
More than 200 horses were hauled to safety in the Saddleridge Fire near the San Fernando Valley earlier this month.
A rancher pictured above removing their horse from a burning ranch in Simi Valley, California
A rancher pictured tries to put out a fire in a henhouse in a burning ranch as the Easy Fire spreads near Simi Valley, North of Los Angeles on Wednesday
Towering billows of smoke took over the hills of the rural valley in the wake of a state-wide wildfire crisis
One of the area’s worst fires, the December 2017 Thomas fire, which swept through Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, killed at least 54 horses, authorities said.
Southern California is one of the largest horse-racing centers in the United States, with its sunny climate allowing horses to run 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 do not know when they will be going home.
‘We don’t know and that is the hard part. Because if you know you are going to be gone for a week or for a day, you plan accordingly. … He (Prince Toby) is ready to go back too, I think,’ she said.