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Living Free Animal Sanctuary describes evacuating animals during Cranston Fire

Over 200 animals saved during Cranston Fire

Mountain Center Animal Sanctuary recalls

MOUNTAIN CENTER, Calif.- - Workers for an animal rescue organization nestled in Mountain Center speak on how they and the animals escaped the Cranston Fire.

The Living Free Animal Sanctuary evacuated about 200 animals when the 13,000+ acre fire broke out Wednesday morning.

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The organization houses all sorts of animals, including dogs, cats, goats, and horses. Randall Harris, president of the organization said it took about an hour and a half to get all the animals into cars and out of the property with the fire blazing behind them.

"As Matt and I were driving out of the property, the flames were on the property and coming over the ridge and you can feel the heat. It was very intense, it was. Frankly, at that point, I thought we had a 20% chance of making it," Harris said.

Harris thanked crews for protecting the sanctuary.

"The ground crews were cutting fire breaks early in the afternoon and they were prepared and we had a defensible property and they defended it, so we're still there, we just can't get to it," Harris added.

Harris said of all the animals, the cats were the toughest to move out of the shelter. The evacuated animals are now spread out in different shelters across the valley being taken care of. If you would like to donate food, you can call the local shelters and ask how you can help.

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