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Fort Mac Horse Owners Recovering After the Fire

It was a cold December day with temperatures in the -40°C range as a truckload of 1,500 bales of hay pulled into the Clearwater Horse Club in Fort McMurray, Alberta. While fingers and faces might have felt the bite of winter as the hay was unloaded, recipients from the town’s tiny but active equine community were warmed by what the shipment meant – they hadn’t been forgotten. Many Fort McMurray horse owners are still reeling from the massive forest fire that ravaged the remote town last spring. Dubbed “The Beast,” the fire began southwest of Fort McMurray on Sunday May 1, 2016, becoming so fierce two days later, a mandatory evacuation was called for the entire town. Horse owners scrambled to find safe passage for themselves and their animals. Some, who couldn’t get their horses out, had to let them loose. Amazingly, all horses survived. And while the Clearwater Horse…

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