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"Rough Start sprung into action on July 9, 2014 when they got the call that there was a forest fire over near Long Lake. They rounded up volunteers and trailers and buckled down for what appeared to be a long night. After talking to Fire Command and getting permission to go in and start helping hauling out peoples horses and other animals, Rough Start volunteers went to work like a well oiled machine. Even the youngest of the volunteers ages 13 and 11 manned the rescue setting up pens and feeding and watering while everyone else hauled the animals in.
Everything was going well the animals had all loaded fairly easily, when we got the call that five horses needed to be moved asap. It was 11:30 at night when we arrived to help move the horses, you could see the glow from the fire in the tree line burn brighter as the fire moved closer. The owners were trying to round the horses up as they were not halter broke, one was a pregnant mare. We managed to get three of the horses into panels and were then able to run them into the trailer. Mean while the fire had gotten much closer. We had three loaded and ready to move out but there was the other mare with her baby she had just foaled 24hrs earlier. The owner was still trolling the pasture for her and finally found her. We sent the trailer with the three horses ahead to the rescue figuring we wouldn't be far behind. After a bit of wrestling the owner got a halter on the mare who at this point was scared to death. The fire was getting closer as we could see flame in the tree line. After trying to load the mare and having her bolt several times, one of the volunteers picked up the foal and placed it in the trailer. Up came mom, she sniffed at the trailer, we set one of her feet in as she pulled against the lead rope. The smoke was getting thick and the wind had changed we had to get her in and go. She refused, out of pure fear she was froze almost to the spot. We picked up one hoof, and then quickly picked up the other and as soon as that second front hoof hit the trailer 4 people picked up that mare from underneath her rear end and pushed her into that trailer, we shut the door and got mom and baby to safety.
This was just one of the amazing acts performed by Rough Start volunteers during a 48 hour period. They endured blazing heat during the day and pitch black working conditions at night with little to no sleep. As of July 11 a lot of the animals were able to return to their homes and Rough Start was so glad to have been able to take them back to their loving families who had cared enough to remove them from danger." -KHQ
Watch the news story below for more on how Rough Start helped through the evacuation of the Spokane Lake Fire. Great Job everyone this was truly a team effort and I am proud to say we were a great team.
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