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Photos: The lost animals of California’s destructive wildfires

Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon


Two massive wildfires on opposite ends of California have burned nearly 200,000 acres. The Camp Fire (in the north) and the Woolsey Fire (in the vicinity of Los Angeles) have left a fatal trail of destruction and heartbreak. Photos from the past few days show what people have lost and what they were able to hold onto.

Destroyed homes—whether they are celebrities’ houses or in a trailer park—are a grim reminder of the unforgiving march of the flames fueled by dry, powerful winds. Alongside the destruction of property and loss of life is a common site, animals lost and separated from their owners.

The sight of animals displaced by the separate  blazes are another reminder of how wildfires uproot the order of daily life. Rescued horses graze by a gas station or are tied up along the beach. Deer scour the burnt remains of a home. Dogs are reunited with tearful owners.


AP Photo/Noah Berger
Officer Randy Law tends to a rescued horse as wildfire burns in Paradise.
AP Photo/Noah Berger
Capt. Steve Millosovich carries a cage of cats while battling the Camp Fire in Big Bend on Nov. 9.
Reuters/Stephen Lam
Deer walk through properties destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise on Nov. 9.
Reuters/Stephen Lam
A donkey is seen tied to a road sign during the Camp Fire near Big Bend.
Reuters/Eric Thayer
Horses at Zuma Beach as the Woolsey Fire continues to burn in Malibu.
Reuters/Stephen Lam
Equine veterinarian Jesse Jellison carries an injured goose to a waiting transport during the Camp Fire in Paradise.
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California Highway Patrol officers transfer a potbelly pig they rescued to Butte County Animal control officers in Paradise.
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Alpacas are tended to on the beach after they were evacuated in Malibu.
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Amy Mancia hugs her miniature pony after they were evacuated as the Woolsey Fire sweeps through Malibu on Nov. 9.
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Araya Cipollini, 19, holds on to her dog T.J. near the burned out remnants of her neighbor’s home in Paradise.
Reuters/Stephen Lam
Veterinarian Dawn Alves tends to a dog named Fatty who received burns on its eyes and chin during the Camp Fire in Paradise.
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