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Wild horses cross Moffat County wildfire burn scar to reach emergency water tanks

Volunteers Michele and Justin Schaffner deliver water for wild horses and other animals in drought-stricken Sand Wash Basin. The Boone Draw fire recently swept through the area. (File photo by Aletha Dove.)

DENVER — A herd of 800 wild mustangs have been able to cross burned areas of the Boone Draw wildfire to access water tanks set up for them, but advocates worry that the fire consumed grass in an area already suffering from a severe drought.

The horses live on a sage brush and grass plateau about 50 miles west of Craig in the Sand Wash Basin wild herd management area on Bureau of Land Management land.

The fire burned around the Two Bar Spring, where the wild horses get water, said Hunter Seim, assistant field manager of the BLM’s Little Snake field office.

Since July, Wildhorse Warriors has been trucking 7,000 gallons of water daily to Two Bar Spring after the spring dried up during the ongoing severe drought, said group co-founder Cindy Wright.

Seim said he has not heard of any of the horses being burned or killed by the 8,610-acre wildfire, which is 94 percent contained.

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