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Kit Carson Riding Club Rescues Animals

Many homeowners in Black Forest weren't able to get their animals out in time after the fire started. Members of the Kit Carson Riding Club have been rescuing animals over the last few days.

Phelan Warren attempts to rescue a barn cat. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Phelan Warren attempts to rescue a barn cat. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Chickens are brought to Kit Carson Riding Club from a burned house in Black Forest. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Jaycie Francis and James Folk head up a road to look for animals. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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A buck walks through the charred forest. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Michelle Andree and Alan Havens try to coax a reluctant mustang into a trailer from a property in the Falcon area on Thursday, June 13, 2013. The couple lost their home in the Black Forest Fire and are spending the time since they were evacuated helping to rescue animals with the Kit Carson Riding Club. They moved the three horses from the evacuated area to the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Michelle Andree and Alan Havens try to coax a reluctant mustang into a trailer from a property in the Falcon area on Thursday, June 13, 2013. The couple lost their home in the Black Forest Fire and are spending the time since they were evacuated helping to rescue animals with the Kit Carson Riding Club. They moved the three horses from the evacuated area to the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Rescuers put halters on some loose horses that were found. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Rescuers put halters on some loose horses that were found. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Celebrating another rescue (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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The dehydrated rescued horse gets its first drink of water in a while. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

The dehydrated rescued horse gets its first drink of water in a while. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Alan Havens and other volunteers from the Kit Carson Riding Club get horses from the evaucated area of the Black Forest Fire. Havens lost his home to the fire and has been spending the days afterward to help to rescue animals with the riding club. Thursday, June 13, 2013.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Alan Havens and other volunteers from the Kit Carson Riding Club get horses from the evaucated area of the Black Forest Fire. Havens lost his home to the fire and has been spending the days afterward to help to rescue animals with the riding club. Thursday, June 13, 2013.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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A policeman concerned about looters makes sure that the horse rescuers are legitimate. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

A policeman concerned about looters makes sure that the horse rescuers are legitimate. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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The spirited Mustang starts to have second thoughts about being rescued. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

The spirited Mustang starts to have second thoughts about being rescued. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Alan Havens tries to calm the jittery mustang. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Alan Havens tries to calm the jittery mustang. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Alan Havens, Michelle Andree, and Colleen Francis (left to right) lead two horses out of the charred woods in Black Forest on June 13, 2013. Havens and Andree lost their home in the Black Forest Fire, but have been spending their days rescuing horses whose owners weren't able to get them out in time.  The three were part of a rescue effort lead by the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Alan Havens, Michelle Andree, and Colleen Francis (left to right) lead two horses out of the charred woods in Black Forest on June 13, 2013. Havens and Andree lost their home in the Black Forest Fire, but have been spending their days rescuing horses whose owners weren't able to get them out in time. The three were part of a rescue effort lead by the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Michael Stewart looks out the top of the jeep for any sign of animals in the Black Forest.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Michael Stewart looks out the top of the jeep for any sign of animals in the Black Forest.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Jaycie Francis (right) remembers how she used to sit at her aunt's house and watch television in that spot. She is being comforted by her boyfriend, James Folk. The two were helping to rescue horses in the Black Forest burn area in Black Forest, Colorado on Thursday, June 13, 2013 with the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Jaycie Francis (right) remembers how she used to sit at her aunt's house and watch television in that spot. She is being comforted by her boyfriend, James Folk. The two were helping to rescue horses in the Black Forest burn area in Black Forest, Colorado on Thursday, June 13, 2013 with the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Alan Havens gets a lasso around the horses neck.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Alan Havens gets a lasso around the horses neck.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Horse rescuers walk past a burned out classic car. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Horse rescuers walk past a burned out classic car. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Jaycie Francis (right) remembers how she used to sit at her aunt's house and watch television in that spot. She is being comforted by her boyfriend, James Folk. The two were helping to rescue horses in the Black Forest burn area in Black Forest, Colorado on Thursday, June 13, 2013 with the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Jaycie Francis (right) remembers how she used to sit at her aunt's house and watch television in that spot. She is being comforted by her boyfriend, James Folk. The two were helping to rescue horses in the Black Forest burn area in Black Forest, Colorado on Thursday, June 13, 2013 with the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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The crew of volunteers organizes once in the burn area.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

The crew of volunteers organizes once in the burn area.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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The spirited mustang has second thoughts about being caught. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

The spirited mustang has second thoughts about being caught. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Michelle Andree and Alan Havens lead a spirited mustang out of the charred woods in Black Forest on June 13, 2013. The couple lost their home in the Black Forest Fire, but have been spending their days rescuing horses that didn't make it out of the fire. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Michelle Andree and Alan Havens lead a spirited mustang out of the charred woods in Black Forest on June 13, 2013. The couple lost their home in the Black Forest Fire, but have been spending their days rescuing horses that didn't make it out of the fire. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Michelle Andree and Alan Havens lead a spirited mustang out of the charred woods in Black Forest on June 13, 2013. The couple lost their home in the Black Forest Fire, but have been spending their days rescuing horses that didn't make it out of the fire. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Michelle Andree and Alan Havens lead a spirited mustang out of the charred woods in Black Forest on June 13, 2013. The couple lost their home in the Black Forest Fire, but have been spending their days rescuing horses that didn't make it out of the fire. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Phelan Warren attempts to rescue a barn cat. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Phelan Warren attempts to rescue a barn cat. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Chickens are brought to Kit Carson Riding Club from a burned house in Black Forest. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Chickens are brought to Kit Carson Riding Club from a burned house in Black Forest. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Jaycie Francis and James Folk head up a road to look for animals. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Jaycie Francis and James Folk head up a road to look for animals. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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A buck walks through the charred forest. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

A buck walks through the charred forest. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Michelle Andree and Alan Havens try to coax a reluctant mustang into a trailer from a property in the Falcon area on Thursday, June 13, 2013. The couple lost their home in the Black Forest Fire and are spending the time since they were evacuated helping to rescue animals with the Kit Carson Riding Club. They moved the three horses from the evacuated area to the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Michelle Andree and Alan Havens try to coax a reluctant mustang into a trailer from a property in the Falcon area on Thursday, June 13, 2013. The couple lost their home in the Black Forest Fire and are spending the time since they were evacuated helping to rescue animals with the Kit Carson Riding Club. They moved the three horses from the evacuated area to the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Rescuers put halters on some loose horses that were found. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Rescuers put halters on some loose horses that were found. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Celebrating another rescue (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Celebrating another rescue (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

The dehydrated rescued horse gets its first drink of water in a while. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

The dehydrated rescued horse gets its first drink of water in a while. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Alan Havens and other volunteers from the Kit Carson Riding Club get horses from the evaucated area of the Black Forest Fire. Havens lost his home to the fire and has been spending the days afterward to help to rescue animals with the riding club. Thursday, June 13, 2013.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Alan Havens and other volunteers from the Kit Carson Riding Club get horses from the evaucated area of the Black Forest Fire. Havens lost his home to the fire and has been spending the days afterward to help to rescue animals with the riding club. Thursday, June 13, 2013.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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A policeman concerned about looters makes sure that the horse rescuers are legitimate. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

A policeman concerned about looters makes sure that the horse rescuers are legitimate. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

The spirited Mustang starts to have second thoughts about being rescued. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

The spirited Mustang starts to have second thoughts about being rescued. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Alan Havens tries to calm the jittery mustang. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Alan Havens tries to calm the jittery mustang. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Alan Havens, Michelle Andree, and Colleen Francis (left to right) lead two horses out of the charred woods in Black Forest on June 13, 2013. Havens and Andree lost their home in the Black Forest Fire, but have been spending their days rescuing horses whose owners weren't able to get them out in time.  The three were part of a rescue effort lead by the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Alan Havens, Michelle Andree, and Colleen Francis (left to right) lead two horses out of the charred woods in Black Forest on June 13, 2013. Havens and Andree lost their home in the Black Forest Fire, but have been spending their days rescuing horses whose owners weren't able to get them out in time. The three were part of a rescue effort lead by the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Michael Stewart looks out the top of the jeep for any sign of animals in the Black Forest.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Michael Stewart looks out the top of the jeep for any sign of animals in the Black Forest.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Jaycie Francis (right) remembers how she used to sit at her aunt's house and watch television in that spot. She is being comforted by her boyfriend, James Folk. The two were helping to rescue horses in the Black Forest burn area in Black Forest, Colorado on Thursday, June 13, 2013 with the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Jaycie Francis (right) remembers how she used to sit at her aunt's house and watch television in that spot. She is being comforted by her boyfriend, James Folk. The two were helping to rescue horses in the Black Forest burn area in Black Forest, Colorado on Thursday, June 13, 2013 with the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Alan Havens gets a lasso around the horses neck.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Alan Havens gets a lasso around the horses neck.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Horse rescuers walk past a burned out classic car. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Horse rescuers walk past a burned out classic car. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Jaycie Francis (right) remembers how she used to sit at her aunt's house and watch television in that spot. She is being comforted by her boyfriend, James Folk. The two were helping to rescue horses in the Black Forest burn area in Black Forest, Colorado on Thursday, June 13, 2013 with the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Jaycie Francis (right) remembers how she used to sit at her aunt's house and watch television in that spot. She is being comforted by her boyfriend, James Folk. The two were helping to rescue horses in the Black Forest burn area in Black Forest, Colorado on Thursday, June 13, 2013 with the Kit Carson Riding Club. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

The crew of volunteers organizes once in the burn area.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

The crew of volunteers organizes once in the burn area.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

The spirited mustang has second thoughts about being caught. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

The spirited mustang has second thoughts about being caught. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Michelle Andree and Alan Havens lead a spirited mustang out of the charred woods in Black Forest on June 13, 2013. The couple lost their home in the Black Forest Fire, but have been spending their days rescuing horses that didn't make it out of the fire. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Michelle Andree and Alan Havens lead a spirited mustang out of the charred woods in Black Forest on June 13, 2013. The couple lost their home in the Black Forest Fire, but have been spending their days rescuing horses that didn't make it out of the fire. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Michelle Andree and Alan Havens lead a spirited mustang out of the charred woods in Black Forest on June 13, 2013. The couple lost their home in the Black Forest Fire, but have been spending their days rescuing horses that didn't make it out of the fire. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Michelle Andree and Alan Havens lead a spirited mustang out of the charred woods in Black Forest on June 13, 2013. The couple lost their home in the Black Forest Fire, but have been spending their days rescuing horses that didn't make it out of the fire. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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