The Sunday, August 16 Lightning Siege had NVADG holding its collective breath. We heard the thunder, saw the strikes, and knew the smoke would come next.
And it did.
By Monday there were 35 active fires covering over 100 miles north to south of Butte County. For a while it looked like evacuations would be required in both the north and south ends of the county, potentially requiring two evacuation and sheltering locations.
Fortunately, that did not happen.
Evacuations began at 4pm Monday in Oroville. NVADG, in partnership with Butte County Animal Control, opened emergency shelters for small animal and large animals. Two evacuation teams quickly responded to requests for service.
Fortunately, CalFire, aircraft and mutual aid were able to contain the fire’s march toward Oroville. They performed heroic efforts and thus far have succeeded in keeping all 35 fires from getting into populated areas of Butte County. We extend our deepest appreciation to the men and women who have been working double and triple shifts to manage these fires. Thank you.
NVADG volunteers have also been supporting the emergency animal sheltering efforts on the LMU Lightning Complex. We stand by ready to provide supplies and support across northern California. We share everyone's concern about the potential for more dry lightning this weekend.
NVADG has trained over 900 volunteers state-wide in the past 15 years on best practices for disaster response for animals. We are proud to be part of the California-wide response to animal care in this very challenging time. Thank you to all the donors and volunteers who together have made this response possible.