Thomas Fire Tears Through Simulated Disaster Zone Used to Train Search Dogs

Search dogs and their handlers are trained to respond to natural disasters. But earlier this month, they were getting out of the way of one in Southern California.

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The devastating Thomas fire burned through part of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation training center Dec. 4, 2017 in Santa Paula.
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Echo, who is training to become a search dog, relaxes at a hotel during the Thomas fire evacuation. The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation in Santa Paula was evacuated during the fire in Ventura County.
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Main buildings at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation were largely left intact, but the Thomas fire caused significant damage to a disaster simulation zone at the training center in Santa Paula.
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The Thomas fire, which began Dec. 4, 2017, caused significant damage to a disaster simulation zone at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation training center in Santa Paula.
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A view of the damage left behind by the Thomas fire at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation training center in Santa Paula.
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A view of the damage left behind by the Thomas fire at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation training center in Santa Paula.
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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation dogs in training and staff members were evacuated Dec. 4, 2017 during the Thomas fire. They've been staying at Ventura-area hotels until the property is ready for their return.
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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation dogs in training and staff members were evacuated Dec. 4, 2017 during the Thomas fire. They've been staying at Ventura-area hotels until the property is ready for their return.
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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation dogs in training and staff members were evacuated Dec. 4, 2017 during the Thomas fire. They've been staying at Ventura-area hotels until the property is ready for their return.
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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation dogs in training and staff members were evacuated Dec. 4, 2017 during the Thomas fire. They've been staying at Ventura-area hotels until the property is ready for their return.
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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation dogs in training and staff members were evacuated Dec. 4, 2017 during the Thomas fire. They've been staying at Ventura-area hotels until the property is ready for their return.
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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation dogs in training and staff members were evacuated Dec. 4, 2017 during the Thomas fire. They've been staying at Ventura-area hotels until the property is ready for their return.
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