The death toll in the Northern California wildfires has reached 21, but these two horses managed to survive.
When Pepe Tamayo and his family tired to escape the wildfires in Northern California, their road to safety was blocked and the family of five was trapped.
“You can see the big ‘ol flames like 15, 20 feet high and I told my family, ‘pack up whatever is important, leave,'” Tamayo told ABC 7. “And I said I’m done, I’m gonna die.”
With no other options, Tamayo set his two horses – Lolly and Sammie – free in hopes they would survive.
The family was eventually air lifted to safety via helicopter, but their dog, Lizzy, also had to be left behind.
“I put it inside the truck, one of the firemen told me he was going to take care of it,” Tamayo said.
Thankfully, the dog survived, and on Tuesday morning, the two horses miraculously showed up at Tamayo’s homestead unscathed by the deadly flames.
Tamayo used extension cords as makeshift leads to guide the horses to safety.
“It is a bad dream. We lost everything and it looks like someone threw a bomb and got rid of everything,” Tamayo said. “It’s really hard. More you think it makes you feel like crying. But the good part is that we’re alive and we survived.”
The fires began Sunday night and continued early Monday morning, ravaging wine country in the Napa valley, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Santa Rosa so quickly due to high winds. Gov. Jerry Brown has since declared a state of emergency for Sonoma County, Napa County, Mendocino County, and Yuba County.
Mandatory evacuations are still in place and you can check what fires are still burning on the Cal Fire website.
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