BLACK FOREST, Colo. - Some evacuees at the Black Forest Fire had to leave so quickly, they didn't have time to load up and move all of their animals.
7NEWS reported that some of those horse owners spray painted their phone numbers on the animals and set them free, hoping that would help the owners be reunited with their horses in the future.
Photos of the spray painted horses on Facebook elicited a lot of comments.
"They should let the horses loose then.. very sad.. I would never leave my horses behind!," wrote Joyce Terlaje.
"Too sad for words," wrote Mary Conrad Engstrom.
"So sad but smart too," wrote Kindra White Jazwick. "I love animals, but human life comes first always. If the owners cannot get them out without risking human life, this is a good solution."
Some horse owners were able to evacuate their animals, then helped others evacuate their animals.
Shelters have been set up for large animals including the Norris Penrose Equestrian Center and the Elbert County Fairgrounds.