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Four horses and one donkey owned by actress Wendie Malick were rescued by authorities as the Woolsey Fire raged in Malibu over the weekend.
“My deepest gratitude to LA County Sherriff’s Dept. and deputy Fred Gonzalez for their help in the Woolsey Fire,” the actress wrote Sunday on Twitter.
Malick was among the Malibu residents who were forced to leave their homes and animals from the fast-spreading, devastating blaze.
Gonzalez was flagged down by actor Ricky Schroder on the Pacific Coast Highway because he had a large truck and horse trailer, according to authorities (video here). Schroder said his neighbor, Malick, had four horses and a donkey and no means of moving them.
The deputy was able to save the animals, which were taken to the Los Angeles Pierce College campus, where an animal shelter was set up for the fire evacuations.
The fire, which began around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, has burned more than 83,000 acres. As for Sunday morning, it is 10 percent contained. Two deaths have been linked to the fire and are under investigation. Three firefighters have been injured and 177 structures have destroyed. As of now, 57,000 structures are being threatened.
“This is the most destructive and devastating fire that I’ve witnessed since the 1993 fires,” said Malibu City Councilman Skylar Peak.
Authorities said the fire is spreading faster than any previous blaze. Strong winds were causing significant flare-ups Sunday morning.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the ongoing emergency response to the major fires burning in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
“We have the best firefighters and first responders in the country working in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable,” Brown said in a statement. “We’re putting everything we’ve got into the fight against these fires and this request ensures communities on the front lines get additional federal aid.”
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