9 January 2013

Horse warning

| johnboy
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The ACT Government urges horse owners to be ready to implement their own Fire Plan today during the EXTREME weather conditions.

In the first instance you should keep your horse/s were it is or float it out to a pre-arranged safer place.

If neither of those options work, Exhibition Park in Mitchell is now open to receive horses and owners.

Please do not put yourself in harms way. Do not make an evacuation decision at the last moment.

If you go to EPIC you must be self sufficient you must take water and feed buckets, enough feed for 24 hours and any medication they need.

Horses taken to EPIC must not be left unattended.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency encourages horse owners to keep informed throughout the day and monitor the situation for any changes, if a fire starts.

You can do this through local ACT media outlets, the ESA website www.esa.act.gov.au, the ESA Twitter and Facebook accounts or by calling Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

9:56 AM

A total of 57 horses, 10 dogs and one cat have been relocated to Exhibition Park (EPIC) in Mitchell as part of their owners preparations for the EXTREME fire danger in the ACT and region today.

The ACT Government this morning urged horse owners to activate their Bushfire Survival Plans.

The horses at EPIC have come from across the ACT and the nearby region.

Over 50 horses and their owners will remain on site overnigh before reassing the situation in the morning.

7:48 PM

[Courtesy ESA]

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