Out-of control bushfires wreak havoc near Perth
Western Australian stud farm owners have spent the dead of night moving horses to safety and used daylight hours to protect their properties as out-of control bushfires wreak havoc near Perth, just two weeks out from the state’s major yearling sale. Mogumber Park at Bullsbrook, one area heavily impacted by the savage blaze, was forced to move a number of mares and other horses from one of its properties, which was in danger of being engulfed by the fire, early on Tuesday morning. Owners Colin Brown and Fiona Lacey joined hundreds of other residents relocating stock, with one refuge set up at the Magic Millions complex in Swan Valley to house animals while the danger passed.
“Our main property was safe, it was out of the red zone, but the other one was in the red zone. So, at 2am on Tuesday we started moving horses from there. A lot of them came back here (to our main property) and we also took some down to Magic Millions who opened up the sales complex,” Perth Racing chair and Mogumber Park co-owner Brown revealed to ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday. “There were a lot of horses, not just thoroughbreds, every sort of horse, dogs and every pet who were at Magic Millions, but we were able to bring them all back on Tuesday night.” Describing the unfolding scenes he had experienced for more than 24 hours, Brown said yesterday: “There was a lot of smoke, the vision wasn’t good, and we were going into paddocks to put them on the float and they are an amazing animal.