Henderson County Wildfire Update

There is currently an active wildfire in the Edneyville community of Henderson County. As of Monday morning, the fire is 431 acres in size and 5% contained.  The location of the fire is roughly 5 miles from the Blue Ridge Humane Society Adoption Center. Right now, there is no need for alarm concerning the animals in our care. We do have emergency plans in place if the situation changes. We are monitoring the situation closely, as the safety of our animals and people is paramount.

We are deeply grateful for the swift and diligent work of local fire departments, including Edneyville Fire & Rescue and Henderson County Emergency Management, many of whom are dedicated volunteers. Visit N.C. Forest Service and Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Hendersonville North Carolina for up-to-date information.

We will let you all know if Blue Ridge Humane Society’s action plan changes. If you would like to help in the future by offering to foster during times of emergency or inclement weather, please reach out to foster@blueridgehumane.org. We will provide the supplies. All you need to do is provide your home and love!

It is important to have an emergency preparedness plan in place for your family and pets.  Here’s a checklist to make sure you are prepared in case of an emergency:

  1. All of my pets have collars and identification.
  2. Vaccinations are up-to-date for my pets.
  3. My pets are microchipped.
  4. I have a “mutual aid” agreement with a neighbor to check on each other’s pets if one of us cannot get home during an emergency.
  5. I have a planned destination in case I have to evacuate my home with my pets.
  6. I have one week’s supply of food and water, supplies such as litter, and two weeks’ medications on hand for each pet.
  7. I have a carrier for each small pet and leashes for each dog.
  8. All of my pets can fit in my vehicle, or I have an alternate plan.
  9. I have a photo of each pet in case he or she becomes lost, and a photo of myself with each pet to prove ownership.
  10. I have copies of health records for each pet to take along if evacuating.
  11. My veterinarian has my written authorization for a person I have chosen who may seek medical care for my pets if I cannot.

For more emergency preparedness resources, click here.