On September 9, 2015, the Butte Fire broke out on a wooded hillside near the Jackson Butte, California. That evening it seemed to be under control. But the next day, with changing winds, temperatures upwards of 105 degrees, and after this 5 year drought, the fire whipped out of control. Then with no warning, the local police came with sirens blaring telling them they had to get out now! Facing a wall of fire, they drove out and escaped with only a few of the ranch animals and their lives. They had to leave most of them behind in the flames.Within a few hours that evening, the fire consumed 71,000 acres, over 500 homes, and several of their neighbors. suddenly more than 1000 people were homeless in this once beautiful rural area of Calaveras County. Living in exile with only a few of her pets, not knowing the fate of her ranch and the other animals trapped there alone in the middle of this huge fire for 8 days is a grueling story. A story every one living in the wilderness should read.
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About the Author
Nancy Morgan Reed has had horses most of her life. She moved with her family onto an 800 acre cattle ranch when she was 5. Her veterinarian father tended cattle from the back of a motorcycle, which freed her to pursue other equine disciplines. Now she rides her horses in the mountains and writes books of animal stories. she works full time as an artist, writer and musician on a small ranch of her own, one now that has mostly burned to the ground in the Butte Fire of 2015.