A Madera County group of emergency first responders for animals has been steadily growing. However, help is always needed, especially with the recent string of blazes affecting rural areas, said founder Michael Vaughn, a North Fork resident.
Vaughn started the group locally after moving to the foothills area, with his wife Lynn, from San Bernardino County. There Vaughn had founded the Alta Loma Riding Club, which is also an evacuation unit for animals, in the 1980s. The group’s help was greatly needed in 2008, when a major fire affected the area.
“They rescued more than 200 horses,” he said.
In Madera County, the Equine Emergency Evacuation team, or as members fondly call it “The Three E’s”, has not yet been called on by county firefighters or other emergency personnel, which is a “good thing,” said Vaughn. Nevertheless, 100 volunteers from different areas in the county remain on constant guard and training should their services ever be needed...