The Desert Park Exhibition Society in Osoyoos is offering their horse stalls for free boarding to wildfire evacuees. Mark Brett/Penticton Western News

Barns available for wildfire evacuees

Desert Park Exhibition Society offering barn space at no cost to horse owners in the path of wildfire

Bruce Fuller remembers all too well what it feels like when wildfire threatens your property.

The president of the Desert Park Exhibition Society in Osoyoos went through the harrowing ordeal at Rustico Farm and Cellars in August 2015 when wildfire threatened the property.

He lost a horse barn; the horses were far away, safe at another location. Two years later, he’s grateful the society he oversees can pay the favour forward.

Desert Park is offering barn space at no cost to horse owners in the path of wildfire, be they near Princeton, Ashcroft or 100 Mile House.

“If they can get their horses to us, we’ll board them,” said Fuller.

Owners do not have to pay for the stalls but would be responsible for feed and bedding. The society’s barns will also be made available for donkeys and mules.

Owners interested in boarding their horses through the wildfire risk can contact Desert Park at 250-495-8181 or email desertparkexsociety@hotmail.com.

Located in Osoyoos, British Columbia, Desert Park is a year-round multi-use recreation complex. Tthe facility is home to a 5/8 mile dirt race track, five barns with stalls to accommodate large user groups, an outdoor arena and 11 serviced RV sites.

Just Posted

Parksville council, staff debate homeless camping in public spaces

‘We are in a fine balancing act right now’

Offenders work to repair harm through restorative justice process

The Arrowsmith Community Justice Society says process is alternative to court system

‘Dramatic undersupply’ of workers in Parksville Qualicum Beach: new labour report

Analysis supports what many already know, reinforces need for action: Burden

Outreach group ordered to stop feeding homeless on City of Parksville property

City issued Manna Homeless Society cease and desist order after complaints from public

VIDEO: E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce sickens 18 people in Ontario, Quebec

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it’s working with U.S. authorities to determine the source of the romaine lettuce those who got ill were exposed to.

Lower Mainland suspect identified in fatal northern B.C. hit and run

Suspect and seven other individuals believed involved located on Haida Gwaii

‘Bait and switch’ warning ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Competition Bureau of Canada is warning shoppers of illegal sale tactics

Mount Washington Alpine Resort targeting Dec. 7 opening date

Major snowfall in the forecast for this week

Legal battle ahead for suspended B.C. legislature executives

Public removal ‘very unfair,’ says veteran clerk Craig James

B.C. sees biggest spike in homicides across Canada, at 34%

Much of the killing was attributed to gang violence, according to Statistics Canada

Sea lion tangled in rope on Vancouver Island

Marine debris is a ‘significant problem’ for marine wildlife

Postal strike affects charities at critical fundraising time

Canadian fundraising professionals and charities join call for fast resolution

$90,000 pen from space created by B.C man

The Space pen is made from a meteorite

Most Read