Resident of Planada helping furry and feathered evacuees from Detwiler Fire

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From multi-colored chickens, to white doves, to little lambs and goats furry refugees have a place to call home for a few days thanks to Tony Garcia. (KFSN)

From multi-colored chickens, to white doves, to little lambs and goats furry refugees have a place to call home for a few days thanks to Tony Garcia.

When evacuees began streaming through town and into the evacuation shelter at the local middle school Garcia, a trucking company owner, met them on the road and offered up his property.

"So we started storing large vehicles, motor homes, RVs, our office used to be an old foster home, so it has multiple showers. I let April know at the Red Cross if there's any need along those lines, just let us know."

Garcia said Planada is a small community where everyone knows each other and as news of the Detwiler Fire spreading traveled down the hill Garcia and the rest of the town opened its arms to family after family.

"They showed up with a trailer, they had eight goats and a truck full of kennels. I thought they were dogs but they were chickens and pigeons, and I said, 'hold on a second-- I think I have somewhere to put them.'"

Garcia's uncle lives just down the road from Garcia Brothers Trucking, so Tony escorted the family there and it wasn't long before his children began feeding their new furry and feathered friends.

Planada's restaurant owners have been pitching in with food and drink as well.

Garcia said in the fall, Planada and Mariposa are rivals on the football field, but today, they are friends and friends in need.

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