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Hoof-hearted: mules carrying supplies to firefighters

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Ojai Valley News photo by Perry Van Houten

Levi Ray (from left) and Lee Roeser load Abby with supplies.

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Fire crews battling the Pine Fire in Los Padres National Forest received logistical support from a low-tech source recently. Strings of pack mules, organized by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), were used to tote equipment and supplies to hand crews in places motorized vehicles can’t go.

The hardworking, hardy animals are being put into service more and more often, officials added.

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