VIDEO    PLAY    GALLERY    AMBASSADOR    NEWS    DONATE

Woolsey Fire Tortoise Evacuation

Woolsey Fire

The Woolsey Fire — Photo courtesy of Peter Buschmann, Forest Service, USDA, (Public Domain). The fire ignited on Nov. 8, 2018 and was finally contained on Nov. 21, 2018. According to Wikipedia, "The Woolsey Fire was a destructive wildfire that burned in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties of the U.S. state of California." At final count it had burned 96,949 acres, destroyed 1,643 structures, killed three people, and "prompted the evacuation of more than 295,000 people." (Wikipedia)

Back in November of 2018, two of the California Turtle and Tortoise Club (CTTC) Valley Chapter rescue facilities were in the path of the Woolsey Fire and were under mandatory evacuation orders. 33 Tortoises had to be moved. Most were hibernating and were moved inside their hibernation boxes. But there were exceptions. Not all hibernating tortoises were sleeping in boxes, and there weren’t enough appropriate ones available for transport with such short notice. Additionally, several of the sick and injured kept awake for medical reasons were active when the move occurred. A club member's family had moved but not yet sold their old house and this was the place where all 33 tortoises were taken. It was outside the immediate evacuation areas but the air was still full of smoke. As a result, all tortoises—even the ones that were awake—had to be kept inside. Below is a slideshow of the makeshift evacuation accomodations inside the safe house.

Woolsey Fire Tortoise Evacuation Safe House

Click on the image above to view the slide show. Photos courtesy of the California Turtle & Tortoise Club (CTTC): Valley Chapter.

The Valley Chapter is grateful to the Woolsey Fire first responders who saved both of the evacuated facilities. As a thank you, the Chapter extended free admission for their 2019 turtle and tortoise show to all first responders.


Woolsey Fire Tortoise Evacuation

Woolsey Fire Tortoise Evacuation

Woolsey Fire

The Woolsey Fire — Photo courtesy of Peter Buschmann, Forest Service, USDA, (Public Domain). The fire ignited on Nov. 8, 2018 and was finally contained on Nov. 21, 2018. According to Wikipedia, "The Woolsey Fire was a destructive wildfire that burned in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties of the U.S. state of California." At final count it had burned 96,949 acres, destroyed 1,643 structures, killed three people, and "prompted the evacuation of more than 295,000 people." (Wikipedia)


Back in November of 2018, two of the California Turtle and Tortoise Club (CTTC) Valley Chapter rescue facilities were in the path of the Woolsey Fire and were under mandatory evacuation orders. 33 Tortoises had to be moved. Most were hibernating and were moved inside their hibernation boxes. But there were exceptions. Not all hibernating tortoises were sleeping in boxes, and there weren’t enough appropriate ones available for transport with such short notice. Additionally, several of the sick and injured kept awake for medical reasons were active when the move occurred. A club member's family had moved but not yet sold their old house and this was the place where all 33 tortoises were taken. It was outside the immediate evacuation areas but the air was still full of smoke. As a result, all tortoises—even the ones that were awake—had to be kept inside. Below is a slideshow of the makeshift evacuation accomodations inside the safe house.

Woolsey Fire Tortoise Evacuation Safe House

Click on the image above to view the slide show. Photos courtesy of the California Turtle & Tortoise Club (CTTC): Valley Chapter.

The Valley Chapter is grateful to the Woolsey Fire first responders who saved both of the evacuated facilities. As a thank you, the Chapter extended free admission for their 2019 turtle and tortoise show to all first responders.


Close Slide Show