GREENFIELD, Calif. (KION) As more and more people evacuate or prepare to leave because of the Dolan Fire, a team of locals is getting ready to help evacuate animals.
They have trailers ready to go at a staging area in Greenfield in case evacuees need help getting their animals to safety as the Dolan Fire
moves closer to South Monterey County.
They’re all volunteers and came together to form the California Evacuation Team.
They told KION they’ll likely go to the Arroyo Seco and Jolon areas if people
need help evacuating animals.
As animal owners themselves, they felt the need to help, and they’ve put
their own money and resources into rescuing live stock from several area
wildfires, including the River and CZU lightning complex fires. Now, they're helping as the Dolan Fire continues to burn.
Organizer Amanda Glenn's biggest warning to people is to take these evacuations seriously, before it’s too late.
“Don’t wait until it’s mandatory. If you have a chance to get out of there,
get out of there. If you have the means to set up a location for your animal
to get to, please–I can’t emphasize it enough, help us get your animal
there,” Glenn said.
She also said that some people wait until it’s too late and then, the fire
department may not let them through.
She said they’ve seen some animals that have burn injuries from the River
Fire so she can’t stress enough to get help while you can.