Ranch survives Lava Fire, owner and horses return home at last

WEED, CA. — After being evacuated from the Lava Fire, a small ranch is back home tonight.

Kathy Howard, owner of Shasta Valley Ranch says people come to ride her 3 horses, bring their own horses out to ride, and to rent a small home on the lot.

Howard says the community rallied together and let her borrow a large horse trailer to evacuate all her horses at the same time.

Now returning home, she says it’s a relief to be back safely.

“It was very fast, not enough time to think – just get the horses out was my main goal. I wasn’t really grabbing anything of value, wasn’t prepared for a fire,” said Howard.

She says the horses are coming back to the ranch Tuesday and things will go back to normal.

She encourages everyone to be prepared for a wildfire and have a plan in place in case of an emergency.

NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.
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