Evacuating your home is a massive task, especially when you have over 10 animals to move out of harm's way.
 
Saturday's (May 12) fires near Bruderheim forced a handful of people to evacuate their houses, including Barb Percy.
 
"It was around 3:30 p.m. I was in the city and my husband saw smoke and sent me a picture," said Percy. "There was a fire that was moving closer to our property and within an hour we had people there and we were evacuating and moving animals."
 
The Percys had to move four horses, three donkeys, three dogs and a cat out of danger.
 
As for the big animals, family and friends walked the horses to a nearby farm. The donkeys were moved by trailer.
 
Flames came within an estimated 25 metres of their house, a place they've lived for over 30 years.
 
"It's hard to imagine when you leave if your house will be there when you get back," added Percy. "We've been through this a few times with the wildfires out here. We will have a few sleepless nights ahead of us."
 
That night, once the fire was pushed a safe distance away, emergency services personnel took Percy and her husband to have a look at their farm.
 
"I'm relieved to see the house still standing, but the danger's not over," Percy said.
 
Some of the fire evacuees were able to find a convenient place to stay at the Bruderheim campground.
 
As of Sunday (May 13) at 2 p.m., no homes have been lost due to the fires. However, 18 additional properties were put on standby notice for evacuation.
 
Update: the Percy's horses and donkeys had to be moved a second time. The farm they were originally taken to was also evacuated. 
 

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