Rescue workers digging through ash and rubble left by the wildfire that has claimed 15 lives in Butte County California stumbled upon an incredible – and heartwarming – discovery.
Trapped beneath a pile of wrecked farm machinery, a Butte County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team found an adorable puppy.
Although the pup had suffered some superficial burns it remained relatively untouched by the blaze that has devastated some 74,400 acres of land.
Writing on Facebook, Butte County Sheriff’s Office said: “These last several days have been hard on our entire county and we thought we would share a positive story today.”
“Yesterday,” they continued, “as BCSO deputies and members of BCSO Search and Rescue were searching through properties impacted by the fire, they made an unexpected and welcomed discovery on a large property in Berry Creek, this adorable puppy.
“The puppy had some minor burns and was picked up by Animal Control and taken to Valley Oaks Veterinary Centre in Chico to be checked out.
“After doing some investigating, we found out that the owner of the property has several dogs and was not able to locate them all before needing to evacuate.”
The dog’s owner has been located and and notified, and they are expected to be reunited with their pet in the next few days.
At least 15 people are known to have died in the latest fire, bring the county’s total for wildfire deaths in 2020 to 24.
The youngest confirmed victim is 16-year old Josiah Williams and the oldest i Millicent Catarancuic, who was 77.
President Trump has blamed poor forest management for the devastating blazes that have swept the US West Coast but the majority of scientific authorities have linked the frequency and size of the recent rash of wildfires in the US to climate change triggered by the use of fossil fuels.