To The Bureau of Land Management interim Director, Mike Pool
July 3, 2012
Dear Mr. Pool,
We are writing you in light of yesterday’s Ironwood fire adjacent to the Palomino Valley short-term holding facility.
It has been brought to our attention that the BLM has evacuation plans for Palomino Valley that take 24 hours to complete.
Your 24 hour evacuation plan–mentioned on the news–is not practical. What if these horses and staffers needed to evacuate quickly due to fire?
We are concerned that no one lives on site to ensure the safety of the wild horses and burros at short-term holding facilities. Palomino Valley alone holds more than 2,000 wild horses and burros at times.
We request you change this risky policy and hire someone to live on site at all short-term facilities immediately. Boarding barns housing 40 horses always have someone living on site to handle emergencies. The BLM often has more than 2,000 horses at certain facilities so why is no one there after business hours?
We want to see your act of good faith–to show the BLM cares about wild horses and burros and will ensure their safety in short-term holding.
We request the BLM provide us with a copy of the current emergency evacuation plan for more than 2,000 indigenous wild horses held at the Palomino Valley Center, near Sparks Nevada.
We request the BLM implement a 45 minute evacuation plan–in case of an extreme emergency–-for each holding facility.
Once the BLM takes the mustangs and burros off the land they are responsible for their welfare.
Thank you for your kind assistance.
Executive Director of Protect Mustangs
News story about Ironwood fire: http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/25504/3592026