The ongoing wildfires in British Columbia this summer have destroyed the largest area in recorded history, burning through nearly 900,000 hectares, much of that in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region. There are estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 wild or free-roaming horses in the Chilcotin.
The province-wide state of emergency was recently extended for a third time, and now the charred remains of a herd of wild horses have been found among the blackened tree trunks in the Chilcotin region. The scorched remains of eight adult and two young horses were discovered after fire swept through a lodgepole pine forest off the Nemaiah Valley Road. It is believed the horses became blocked in and could not outrun the fire when winds caused it to change direction.
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