The Gibson Ranch in Shadow Hills suffered major damage to their horse stalls and the destruction of boarders’ tack. No horses were injured during the fire because of in-place fire and evacuation plans. After the danger passed, Dale Gibson, owner of the ranch, after making sure that everyone and thing was safe, opened up his ranch to other horse owners and ranches that were in danger.
Even horses from the ill-fated Rancho Padilla were brought down to be sheltered and medicated. After the fire had moved out of the area and things had calmed down, Gibson had to make the decision whether or not to try and rebuild or call it quits. He was even heard to say “I’m too old to rebuild!” But that was just a passing thought. He and his boarders and friends put out the word that they were going to have a clean-up of the ranch, and asked that anyone that could, to come help during the weekend.
The Foothills Paper Staff brought down tools, gloves and electrical cords while others brought food, spare horse tack and their high spirits to tear out the burnt plywood and rubber horse mats. More than 100 people came on each day to help. It was just like the old time barn raising, but different. By Sunday afternoon, the ranch was pretty much cleaned up. Volunteers are welcome to come and help put up horse stalls and roof panels.
The Gibson Ranch is located at 9655 Wentworth St. in Sunland.
Dale Gibson (pictured below, center image), wants to say, “THANK YOU, EVERYONE!”