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Photos: The lost animals of California’s destructive wildfires

  • Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

Deputy Photo Editor

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

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.


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