Evacuating Large Animals

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Fri, August 2 2013 at 10:23 PM, Updated: Fri, August 2 2013 at 11:15 PM

Virginia Duff calls out for one of her family members, the horse she's owned for seven years.

"I've had several horses before this one," says Duff.

The Sunny Valley Rancher is caught  between the Brimstone and Douglas Complex fires, now under a level two evacuation-- meaning she's told she to ready to leave at any moment.

"I have no where to go," says Duff.

Big Red,  her two cows, and four dogs also have no where to go.

"I spend all day with them."

Duff says in the 17 years that she's lived in the area shes never seen anything like this, after lightening sparked wildfires burning now for a week.

"I was afraid the whole valley was going to end up going up."

Although she lives alone on the 25 acre property, she says knows her neighbors are there.

"My neighbor has a trailer for a horse and a cow." 

But she's hoping she won't need their help...after all, she'd never leave her family behind. 

Those animals are my family they're my life."

If you do have large animals American Red Cross officials confirmed that the Josephine County Fairground does welcome larger animals.

They are asking for residents to call ahead of time so they can prepare a spot for the animal.

The number for the Josephine County Fairgrounds is (541) 476-3215

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Roma Villavicencio

NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.

She is a graduate of the journalism/communications program at Cal State Fullerton.

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