Several wildfires are currently burning throughout Southern California. According to the Los Angeles Times, more than 180 structures have already been destroyed as the fires have forced thousands to evacuate their homes.
Local and national news have been working nonstop to report on the dangerous situation unfolding around Los Angeles.
While reporting on the Creek Fire, a CBS2/KCAL9 reporter and her cameraman helped rescue horses from Gibson Ranch, a horse boarding stable.
Like many reporters, Kristine Lazar traveled to the scene to report on the dangerous wildfires.
— Kristine Lazar (@CBSLAKristine) September 20, 2017
When Lazar and her photographer Marvin Stone arrived at Gibson Ranch, the scene was what she described as “frantic” and “tense” to CBS2/KCAL9.
Thick smoke filled the air as the trees whipped in the wind and flames loomed in the distance.
As Lazar reported on air, volunteers rushed around the ranch trying to gather supplies, put out bales of hay that had caught fire, and rescue the animals who were in the path of the flames.
As soon as Lazar arrived on the ranch she realized how dire the situation was.
At one point Lazar pointed out the bright orange flames that were clearly visible and appeared to be only a few feet from the stables.
“Oh, gosh,” was all the CBS2/KCAL9 reporter could utter.
While she was still on air, Lazar shouted to one of the volunteers and asked if there was anything she could do to help.
Lazar and her cameraman offered their assistance when they saw the proximity of the flames.
“I am not going to lie—I was so scared,” she wrote on Twitter. “But I love animals, and any decent human being would have helped as I did.”
After Lazar ran to grab a horse, Stone put his camera down and ran to help as well. The two continued to help, along with other journalists and people who happened to be driving by, until they were no longer needed. It was only after all of the horses were safely removed from the ranch that they went back on air.
Everyone involved worked quickly to evacuate the horses.
The CBS2/KCAL9 reporter wrote on a Facebook post detailing her experience, and thankfully all of the horses along with a few chickens and bulls were saved from the fire.
“I may be a seasoned reporter, but there are still firsts in my career,” Lazar wrote on Facebook. “Today I experienced one of those firsts.”