Petra Janzen has had to evacuate from fire zones in the B.C. Interior in the past.The farm manager at Canmor Farms in South Langley watched, along with the rest of the community, as this year’s wildfire situation developed.“I’ve been through this before. I lived in the Okanagan for 20 years before I moved down here just recently,” Janzen said. “I’ve been evacuated and I’ve been on the other end where we’ve had horses come in. I know the stress of the whole situation.”She and Canmor are trying to alleviate some of the stress for animal owners from the Cariboo region. So, the farm has been taking in fire evacuees with horses and other animals. A dozen horses arrived courtesy of Thompson Horse Van Lines. “I have a mix of stuff coming,” she said. “We’re expecting on this load, I just heard, a goat is coming. And we have a miniature donkey, and geese, and some chickens, cats, and three dogs. You know, the farm is coming.” The families are all so grateful to have somewhere safe to take their families and animals, said Brenda Embree, who was evacuated from the Drewry Lake area. In addition to ranching, Embree is a paramedic and noted the poor air quality is a significant concern.“Between our two families, we brought 30 horses,” she said.
Canmor Farms takes in farm families and their animals as the 2017 wild fires worsen.