It was a harrowing 24 hours, but the animals are all safely back home. The fire was coming up the ravine below the clinic, not really close but too close for comfort. Fortunately the firefighters set up on a long gravel drive there, and that gave comfort.
You can’t really wait until the last minute to evacuate 40+ birds. Many thanks to Elijah Schneider and Jill Barker (shown) and Beagle Barker (not shown) for bringing carriers, a transport van, and packing up patients
The animals are settled back into their various cages and much happier for it.
You may have heard that a fire started north of I84 by the Memaloose rest area Friday evening (July6). It jumped the freeway and came up the hill toward Rowena. The clinic was on level two evacuation threat, which means be packed and ready. So Jean evacuated many of the animals to be on the safe side. We could have carried on just fine without this added excitement and stress, but all the animals and Jean are safe.
The last word I heard was that the clinic is still in level one evacuation with level two nearby. I will keep you posted as to progress getting the animals back to the clinic.
Best wishes to neighbors in the area that you are safe and your homes unthreatened.