Fire Forces Evacuation of Thousands of Homes Including Steffen & Shannon Peters’ Stables

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Fire behind Arroyo Del Mar, the stables of Steffen and Shannon Peters in San Diego, California. Photo: Courtesy Steffen Peters
Fire behind Arroyo Del Mar, the stables of Steffen and Shannon Peters in San Diego, California. Photo: Courtesy Steffen Peters

SAN DIEGO, California, May 13, 2014–Fires forced the evacuation of more than 20,000 homes including 65 horses from the stables of Steffen and Shannon Peters on Tuesday amidst high winds and scorching temperatures.

“Everyone is safe at the Del Mar fairgrounds on the coast,” Steffen told dressage-news.com after the evacuation, the second time in the past eight years they had been forced to leave their Arroyo Del Mar farm.

Other dressage trainers with horses based at the 22-acre (9Ha) farm include German Lientje Schüler and David Blake.

Flames fanned by stiff wind burned a huge swath of canyons in the northern part of San Diego county, the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper reported with temperatures around 100F/38C. Flames roared through brushy canyons and swirled within feet of homes and luxury hilltop estates. Hundreds of firefighters fought the blaze with help from airtankers and helicopters.

The fire threatened estates, including several horse farms, in Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch, but the newspaper said none were destroyed as of mid-afternoon.

“It wasn’t our first time and a good evacuation plan is in place,” Steffen said. “It worked flawlessly.”

Shannon posted a message of thanks on her Facebook for those who helped in the evacuation.