Horse Rescue Requesting Trucks, Trailers in Blue Cut Fire - NBC Southern California

Horse Rescue Requesting Trucks, Trailers in Blue Cut Fire

"Please pray for us."

Neighbors and residents are scrambling to help each other evacuate animals from high desert neighborhoods affected by the Blue Cup Fire. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016)

A horse rescue in San Bernardino County asked for trucks, trailers and other supplies as it helped the community evacuate the fast-moving Blue Cut Fire that erupted Tuesday morning, charring 23 square miles.

Mea Ola's Place, a nonprofit horse rescue and rehabilitation center in Phelan, posted several videos to its Facebook page Tuesday asking for additional resources.

"It's pretty bad over here. The ash, the smoke ... this is horrible," the organization's founder Ann Kline said in one of the videos.

Trucks and Trailers Needed to Help Blue Cut Fire Animal EvacsTrucks and Trailers Needed to Help Blue Cut Fire Animal Evacs

Neighbors turned to each other to gather up the needed supplies to evacuate animals in the path of the Blue Cut fire burning the Cajon Pass.
(Published Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016)

Mea Ola's Place and nearby nonprofit Mustang-Spirit have coordinated efforts to assist their surrounding neighbors under mandatory evacuations amid the 15,000 acre blaze.

Mandatory evacuations were called for those south of Phelan Road. The rescue is located just north of the evacuation line.

Late Tuesday evening, Kline posted on the organization's Facebook page that the fire may jump Phelan Road, forcing Kline and the animals to evacuate.

"We are still helping others, but the fire is creeping our way. Please pray for us," she wrote in the post.

The horse rescue is ready to evacuate if need be, Kline said in a phone interview with NBC4.

She added that the horse rescue needs trucks, trailers and gas cans to help move people and animals to the evacuation centers.

One Facebook video posted shows Kline loading up horses and donkeys as the fire approached.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon and a smoke advisory was issued due to the "unhealthy" air quality levels.

Mea Ola's Place houses 41 horses and 100 other animals including turkeys, chickens and dogs. Kline is asking for people with trucks and trailers to be on standby in case the rescue needs to evacuate and relocate the animals.

Anyone who wishes to help can contact Mea Ola's Place at (661) 557-2680.

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