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post #1 of 10 Old 07-30-2014, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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barn in threat of fire NWT

Hey guys. I am currently in the local barn in Yellowknife NWT. If any one has watched the newes you will know about the fires. There is one 30k away and coming closer. We have been told to be ready to leave. The sky is black and there is lightning and rain. Smoke is in the air. Our neighbors are bulldozing a fire break but we are very nervous. There is no where to go but hand walk in the horses away. We don't enough trailers and there are no more barns.

We are pretty nervous and I am down right terrified. Prayers and suggestions please.
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-30-2014, 09:13 PM
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Hi I am so sorry to hear about the fires. I can try to imagine what you all are going through. As it sounds like you all are preparing just in case it comes to you and that's the best you can do.
A couple things I would suggest. 1 Is I would do if it was happening to me make sure you know how far and where you should bring the horses and/or meeting. Also, I don't know how the horses are about fires but in case they're scared I would have blindfolds/shirts you could put over their eyes.

I will be praying for you all every day and remember to stay confident not just for yourself, but for the horses.

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post #3 of 10 Old 07-30-2014, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. So far we have no where to go. We are thinking last second walking them to an empty field but with the lightning that's not a great option.

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OK guys, my parents picked me up and I am heading home. We learned that as of now we are ok and everything is percautionary. We though we were in danger immediately but we are actually still in the clear. It's raining but the lightning is bad. Hoping thevfire breaks and rain are enough.

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That would be such a scary situation. I'm glad everything is under control.
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-30-2014, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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well we have no control. our neighbors just so happen to own a construction company and are building a fire break. but those have been known to fail. the rain has stopped and the sky is yellow orange. there is smoke every were, i am home know but i am getting updates from the barn. nothing has changed yet and we haven't been ordered to evacuate.

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post #7 of 10 Old 07-30-2014, 10:52 PM
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Hope they get the fire contained and no evacs! FYI, if worse comes to worse, and you have to turn horses out to fend for themselves, spray paint your phone number on their sides in big numbers. They did that in this area in 2003 during that horrible forest fire year, all horses made out just fine and got reunited with their owners. A few of the trailered to safety evac horses got beat up by other horses :(.

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post #8 of 10 Old 07-31-2014, 08:53 AM
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If I lived in an area prone to wild fires I think I'd have a back up plan ready. Maybe make a deal with a dairy farmer or whatever it takes a miles away.

My field floods fairly frequently. Not as scarey as fire but still nerve racking. I've got some quick fencing I can block the backyard right behind the house off in seconds and let the horses up onto high ground. Seems I flood about every 3 or 4 years. Nothing like the floods on the western rivers but 2 feet of water with chunks of ice moving across the pasture and in the barn is scarey. The back yard is a relaxing spot for them now, I open the gate and call and they come. Haven't had to use it under a flood situation yet but I'm ready.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-02-2014, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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very ticked off today. we found out the morning after we had been told to "prepare" that the highway and our property was being evacuated because of the storm and smoke. they didn't want people thinking the fire was coming and panicking, driving or running away in the storm.

but the "insert choice words here" fire marshal made it sound like the fire was coming. we had nothing to worry about and we were minutes away from walking the horses off the property or letting them go.

would have been nice for them to tell us it was smoke and storms not fire and death.

thansk guys,

all in all though i am just glad we were in no real threat.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-02-2014, 08:46 AM
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The smoke from your fires has made it all the way out here to New Hampshire. The weather service has posted about it on facebook a few times now. I can actually smell it ever so faintly.

Stay safe. Do a rain dance.
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