Hundreds of OC horses evacuated for Canyon Fire 2

COSTA MESA, Calif. (KABC) -- It's been a rough two days for many impacted by the Canyon Fire 2 - including horses.

As smoke hovered over their stables, hundreds were evacuated to locations all over Orange County.

In the city of Orange, horses at the Peacock Hill Equestrian Center were loaded up Monday by whoever had room and taken to safety.

In the chaos of the evacuation, some horse owners have had a rough two days not knowing the location and condition of their animals

Melissa Pfeiffer was relieved to be reunited with her horse, appropriately named Smoky.

Smoky along with 126 other horses were brought to the Orange County Fairgrounds. Horses are being kept in temporary stables and cared for, free of charge.

"When I actually saw him, I was more than relieved," Pfeiffer said. "Almost in tears because I knew that my baby was safe."

Livestock like goats, pigs, and a steer are also being sheltered at the fairgrounds. Some animals still have to be connected with their owners.

Cheri Lloyd says she's searched all over Orange County for her friend's horse, Indie.

Los Alamitos Race Track has taken in 90 horses so Lloyd checked there, but came up empty.

"Unsettled," Lloyd said. "I gotta find this one last horse. We're very hopeful."
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