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100 sled dogs evacuated to safety from Greenwood Fire

Aug 18, 2021 06:28AM ● By Editor
Photo: KBJR-TV

By Kendall Jarboe of KBJR-TV - August 17, 2021

The ongoing Greenwood Fire near Greenwood Lake is putting the lives of people and animals at risk.  White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures in Isabella has 100 sled dogs to look after.

"The fire was supposed to be heading east, and then the sheriff showed up and said it switched directions, and we needed to get out of there," Owner Peter McClelland said.

With the fire just three miles from their home, McClelland put out a call for help.

"I started a big text chain with all the mushers in the area, telling them what was up," McClelland said.

The mushing community answered the call. Ten musher groups showed up Monday to help move the dogs to safety. Some even relocated to nearby kennels for the time being.

Jake Hway, Owner and Operator of Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, took seven dogs under his care.

"We're all good friends," Hway said. "Even if we're not in an emergency situation, everyone is good friends anyhow and takes good care of each other."

Half of McClelland's pack is at his property in Ely. The rest are currently in the care of other kennels. The dogs' safety is everyone's first concern regardless of who they belong to.

"We're competitors in business, but when it comes to dogs, they're the most important thing for all mushers," McClelland said.

Employees with White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures said overall the dogs are doing very well.

"If we did have a fire coming for here, I know we would have people ready to help nearby and that makes it a good feeling," Hway said.

It is unknown how long the evacuation order will remain in place.

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