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49er Fire

49er Fire Auburn, CA August 30, 2009

Follow up - September 22, 2009

Submitted by Mari Donovan

Noah's Wish was awarded a Commendation from the Placer County Board of Supervisors, recognizing our assistance to Placer County Animal Services during the 49er Fire in Auburn, CA.

This fast and furious fire ripped through a residential area in the foothill community on August 30, 2009, destroying 60 homes and three businesses. Residents had very little notice to evacuate and as the fire had erupted on a Sunday afternoon, many were away from home. Neighbors and evacuation teams rescued a number of animals, taking them to the Placer County Animal Services facility for sheltering and care.

A total of 48 animals were logged in, including horses, cats, dogs, exotic birds, chickens and a tortoise. Most of the animals have been returned to their owners, while a few are still sheltered at the Placer County Animal Control, as their owner's home were destroyed.

Placer County Animal Services has long recognized the need for a disaster plan for animals, and has arranged for a spring 2010 Noah's Wish training at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, CA.

49er Fire, Auburn, CA

Responding: 4

Tim Martin

Mina Johnson

Elise Mattison

Mari Donovan

Hours Logged: 27.5

Fire officials Sunday afternoon activated an automated calling system – "reverse 911" – and spread the word to residents near Highway 49 to evacuate from the inferno, which was named the 49 fire. They quickly opened an evacuation center at Rock Creek Elementary School on Bell Road and an animal evacuation site at county animal Controlfacility, both in Auburn. Some residents got the word, however, from others in their neighborhood,there was no time to waste.

PG&E reported 3,700 homes were without power Sunday night because of the fires. By 9 p.m., the fire was 50 percent contained, said Tim Arndt, spokesman for Placer County.

No cause was known for the fire, which broke out around 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.


August 31, 2009 - 7:00am Closed

49er Fire - Auburn, California

Conditions stablized around 10pm PDT last night and Placer County Animal Control was able to demobilize Noah's Wish volunteers that had hurried to Auburn to help with sheltering the animals displaced by the fire.

August 30, 2009 - 6:00pm

49er Fire - Auburn California. Noah's Wish is rushing volunteers to Auburn to assist county animal control with animals being brought to them be evacuees who had to flee their homes with little or no notice. Lead Coordinator, Mari Donovan will be on scene shortly as will other volunteers



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