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Livestock Welcomed from Those Impacted by Fire

Riverside County Animal Services established an agreement this afternoon with the Perris Fairgrounds to set up an emergency shelter site for Fairview Fire evacuees’ large animals.

The livestock site still needs to be built and established, but Animal Services employees planned to start building corrals shortly after 6 p.m. after a shipment of supplies arrived. The construction could take several hours, but evacuees are welcomed to wait in a large staging area.

“We have a lot of work to do to get it all completed, so we do ask for some patience,” Commander Josh Sisler said. “But those without a place to go can wait in the staging area and we’ll assist them as soon as possible.”

The address to the Perris Fairgrounds is 18700 Lake Perris Drive, Perris 92571, but livestock owners are asked to use the Avalon Parkway entrance. Any livestock that arrives must come from someone under mandatory evacuation areas of the Fairview Fire, or the person is under evacuation warning notices. Care for the animals is at no charge for evacuees.

“We’ll take care of anyone in the fire’s path and the animals will be properly fed and provided water,” Sisler said. “Animal care technicians and registered veterinary technicians will be on site to assist.”

The San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus (581 S. Grand Ave., San Jacinto) remains open for any dogs and cats and other small animals. More than 100 animals are receiving care there now and staff are ready to accept more.

The fast-moving and fatal Fairview Fire forced many from their properties after it started Monday and it has already consumed 23,919 acres and is 5 percent contained. A mandatory evacuation was ordered for additional communities earlier today by CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department.

For evacuation notices and areas under mandatory evacuation orders and to get all the updates and details, please visit: https://www.rvcfire.org/incidents/fact-sheets/FairviewFIRE.

Working in conjunction and with the direction from fire authorities, Animal Services officers make daily checks of properties looking for any injured animals. They have traveled throughout the evacuation zone searching for stray animals and providing food and water for animals left behind.

The county’s Emergency Management Department provides tips for people about how to prepare before a natural disaster occurs. Visit: https://rivcoemd.org/disaster-preparedness/have-plan

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