Drones searching for possible missing horses following Lilac Fire

Drone search underway for missing horses
Posted at 1:00 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 17:00:18-05

BONSALL, Calif. (KGTV) -- Volunteers are getting ready to launch two drones to search for missing horses following the Lilac Fire.

The group says they are following up on leads that there may be horses from the San Luis Rey training facility still missing.

Organizers said there have been sightings reported in nearby hills in Bonsall and they are looking for tracks and fresh manure.

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Volunteers searching along a Bonsall riverbed are unsure if the horses that remain unaccounted for are already dead or alive. They say there is enough food and water in the area for a couple of days.

Following the Lilac Fire, 46 horses were killed by the fire. 39 were reported missing.

Searchers said there is a possibility of using a helicopter to search for any missing horses as well.

In total, the Lilac Fire scorched 4,100 acres. The fire was 95 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.