19 Aug Massive Wildfires, Evacuations Impacting Lakes District Animals
On July 31st the Shovel Lake fire started from a single spark and now covers about 80 000 hectares (200 000 acres).
This was followed by a lightning storm that touched off fires in the tinder dry pine forests across our area. The included photo of the Island Lake Fire (courtesy of Tracy Calogheros)shows one of the lightning-caused fires burning above Francois Lake.
As of today, most of the area that Lakes Animal Friendship Society calls home is under evacuation order or alert and hundreds of animals and their families are on the move or preparing to do so on a moment’s notice.
The wildfires continue to grow and spread – the smallest of the five fires of concern is 8000 hectrares (20 000 acres in size). We do not expect significant rain over the next two weeks.
Our volunteers are providing a number of supporting roles including: providing families with crates to transport animals, helping evacuated families find shelter for their animals (preferably with the family or boarded out as required), helping round up animals that families were unable to catch when they were evacuated, and distributing food to evacuees and animals left behind (including community cats).
We are grateful to the folks who have been providing donations in support of this unprecedented disaster for our community and will keep you posted as the situation evolves.
The included links show the fires as well as the evacuation areas.