No, I'm not planning on having to evacuate anytime soon. However, our province is in a drought. We have not had a fire risk this high in 20 years. Rain is coming tonight, and we're hoping it will help, but everything is brittle dry. This just doesn't happen here.
And well, just in case some of you haven't noticed, I'm a bit of a planner.
There is a fire raging in a town a couple of hours away. It's a few kms from residential areas, but is considered out of control. This is freaking me out a little. Not that this specific fire can get here, but that a fire can start anywhere, anytime at this point. I'd like to have a plan so I know what to do with my horses should we ever be threatened by a wildfire. Here's the thing: I don't own a horse trailer. I rent one, from a lady who lives about 20 minutes from here, and has her own 3 horses she'd be having to deal with. I have neighbors with one I can borrow in a pinch, but they have 3 horses too. So worst case scenario, if a fire started and I didn't have time to find a trailer I can borrow, what do I do???
My first thought is ride Harley down the road and get him across a fairly wide stream (I would ride on the bridge, but getting him to the other side would provide a break so the fire would hopefully not reach the other side). I could go further and get on the other side of a very wide river that fire cannot possibly cross. But that would be a long ride. Kodak would have to follow us loosely. I could not trust her to be tied to Harley or me. Of course the other option is to open the gates and turn them loose and let them figure it out. Put their halters on with identifying tags. In the event that there is no time to ride out, that would be our only option I suppose.
That brings me to my question: how do you identify animals so that someone standing at a distance from them could immediately see a # to call? There's no guarantee they would let themselves be caught. I'm tempted to paint the phone number on their side using show paint. That stuff will stay on for days. I could use white on Kodak (she's bay) and black on Harley. But it would be worth adding an identifier to their halters or maybe have a collar with identifying information ready to put on quickly? Just in case they do find their way on a farm where someone can get them in an enclosure or are close enough to read the #s.
Sorry if I sound poorly prepared. Wildfires don't happen here. We are in a part of the world that is more soggy than dry, and it is criss-crossed by waterways everywhere. This isn't something we normally worry about.
So for those of you who have lived through this, or are in areas that are at risk, I'd love to hear what your evacuation plan looks like! I mean, other than get the horses in the trailer and drive...