After the Twin Peaks HMA Rush Fire in 2012, this HMA is again under siege by another large wildfire.
by Grandma Gregg
Another large and out of control wildfire is raging in the Twin Peaks HMA (NE California). Many wild horses live in this Dodge Reservoir part of the HMA. The fire has so-far consumed over 11,000 acres just since Monday afternoon. The fire was caused by a BLM contractor. The area has many fences and cross-fences and cattle guards. Most wild animals can go over or under a fence or go underground or fly away during a fire. The wild horses and burros cannot.
If the BLM doesn’t open all the gates and drop a few fences in the path of the fire so the wild horses and burros can escape … many wild horses and burros will die. Every minute counts.
Nobody wants to hear this but a few days after the recent Twin Peaks Rush fire, I saw with my own eyes, a stallion and two mares with black ash up to their knees and with fences nearby and the mares had heavy milk bags (full udders) and there were NO FOALS anywhere around. There is no doubt in my mind that their foals were killed in the fire so although none of us can even imagine (without tears in our eyes) the terror and suffering of those foals and their mothers, it is because many were trapped by the livestock fences. That is a major cause of wild ones dying from these fires – trapped by the livestock fences – and BLM would not admit that a single wild horse or burro died in that almost 400,000 acre fire. So sorry to have to tell this story … but some of us need to know the truth. Tears in my eyes and pain in my heart for our wild ones out there this very minute – their fate is in jeopardy and in the hands of BLM.
Please contact BLM and ask them to be sure that ALL the gates in the path of the fire are OPENED and fences CUT so that the wild horses and burros have at least a CHANCE of escape from this wildfire. BLM needs to know we care. Please contact Jeff Fontana, (530) 252-5332 or firstname.lastname@example.org and BLM Northern California District Manager Nancy Haug email email@example.com
Please and thank you.