DONATIONS: How to help victims of the Valley Fire where you live
ABC7 News spoke briefly with the private security team in Hidden Valley Lake, and so far they've counted a little more than 60 homes that have been destroyed. But that does not include homes that are just outside the gated community.
On Monday, ABC7 News spent time with the sheriff's department volunteers who were out rescuing animals that survived the fire.
Several goats, horses, and a couple donkeys survived Saturday's fire. Their owner's house didn't. Still, Jessica Armstrong is surprisingly upbeat because of a tweet that I sent out this weekend.
"Because of you guys, thank you so much, I found out that they're being taken care of and being fed and watered, cause that was my main worry," she said.
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When the fire came Saturday, all she had time to do was gather her house pets and run.
"The reason that I left them is because the lot is dirt," Armstrong said. "And the goats, they eat everything."
We've made contact with the owner of these animals in Hidden Valley Lake. She's happy to learn they are okay. pic.twitter.com/881S8LEgyD— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) September 14, 2015
She had been taking care of three of her friend's horses. They were moved there after the Rocky Fire.
"Because we lost our barn and all of our tack and means and stuff to feed them, so we relocated them here," said Lower Lake resident Kinder Epperson. "And then yeah we had a fire here."
A team with the Lake County Sheriff's Department has been checking in on evacuated properties to help animals that survived. Volunteers across the county have agreed to take them in.
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ABC7 News helped gather the three horses that will be moving from one property. The goats and donkeys will stay, but separating the group was not easy. At one point it took about 20 minutes to just get the horses together. One can imagine how difficult it is when there is a fire.
Animals that survived the fire are being moved to shelters in the area. pic.twitter.com/PuFKUo7uTa— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) September 14, 2015
Most of the worst hit communities remain evacuated and only animal owners with trailers are able to get in. There are a lot of truck owners who are volunteering to come in and help.
Armstrong says she does not have a truck so she cannot take her animals that remain on the property. When she is able to go in, though there's nothing left there, she says she plans on pitching a tent to stay with her animals. And eventually, she'll rebuild her home.
There are so many lost pets and animals that the following Facebook pages have been set up to help:
PET Lost and Found for Lake County Fires
Valley Fire - Lake County Lost or Found Pets
Click here for equestrian evacuation resources for Lake County
Click here for full coverage on the Valley Fire.
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Calistoga athletics booster volunteering cooking breakfast . bit foggy ,cool today hopefully it'll help fire crews pic.twitter.com/SL2dsa9UOA— Janet O (@JanetONews) September 14, 2015
Just In - The #ValleyFire in Lake,Napa&Sonoma counties has now burned 61,000 acres & 5% contained.— CAL FIRE PIO Berlant (@CALFIRE_PIO) September 14, 2015
Pet owner: My dogs are wondering where we are pic.twitter.com/iwUvXqNJYg— Janet O (@JanetONews) September 14, 2015
People slowly waking up at the Napa Co Fairgrounds in Calistoga, one of the evacuation centers pic.twitter.com/mlxnHl8Szg— Janet O (@JanetONews) September 14, 2015
SMOKE INVERSION LAYER: Cold air (fog) undercutting the warm air. Warm air acts like a lid and traps the smoke above. pic.twitter.com/jfMUwSI5WT— Drew Tuma (@DrewTumaABC7) September 14, 2015
Just In - The #ValleyFire in Lake County is now estimated to have burned 40,000 acres.— CAL FIRE PIO Berlant (@CALFIRE_PIO) September 13, 2015
The Valley Fire has hit Middletown. A school and several homes have been destroyed.— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) September 13, 2015
Additional Mandatory Evacs on #ValleyFire in Lake Co. From Hwy 29 & Hwy 175 south to Seigler Canyon Road, along the south side of Hwy 29.— CAL FIRE PIO Berlant (@CALFIRE_PIO) September 13, 2015
Explosions from propane tanks, homes on fire, and Main Street in Middletown in flames. It's a terrible night in Lake County.— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) September 13, 2015
Middletown was where evacuees escaped to for Wragg & Rocky fires earlier this summer. Now it's hit by Valley Fire. pic.twitter.com/MAURjuQYaj— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) September 13, 2015
Middletown in Lake County is now under a mandatory evacuation due to the #ValleyFire. Hwy 29 now closed at Lower Lake to Middletown.— CAL FIRE PIO Berlant (@CALFIRE_PIO) September 13, 2015
Light rain falling at Napa Co. Fairgrounds where hundreds of Valley Fire evacuees are getting food & shelter. pic.twitter.com/sOtPB3wSy9— Cbarnard (@CornellBarnard) September 13, 2015
Update on the 4 burned firefighters from the #ValleyFire. All suffered 2nd degree burns and are in stable condition at UC Davis Medical— CAL FIRE PIO Berlant (@CALFIRE_PIO) September 13, 2015
Visited our 4 injuries Firefighters from LNU at UC Davis Burn Unit. All expected to make full recovery!!— Mike Lopez (@LopezCptmlo) September 13, 2015