Firefighters battling California wildfires spot two tired donkeys emerging from the smoke

It’s one of the deadliest fires in California state history and has so far claimed the lives of 29 people. Thousands of firefighters are battling on the front lines trying to do all they can to stop it’s rapid path of destruction.

When Firefighter Chris Harvey and Sacramento Fire Chief Gary Loesch were answering a call to a fallen tree in Paradise, California,  little did they know the rescue mission they were about to complete.

The Camp Fire Burning in Northern California
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While on their way to the incident Harvey and Loesch spotted two tired-looking animals emerging from the smoke.

On a closer inspection they saw two donkeys slowly hobbling down the center of the road in the opposite direction, looking as though they were lost and in need of help.

Firefighter Chris Harvey approaches two lost donkeys
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“We pulled over to let them pass, and saw that they looked very tired, worn out and thirsty,” Harvey told The Dodo. “I tried to give them some water in my hand from a water bottle, but it kept spilling out.”

Firefighter feeds donkeys lost during Camp Fire
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The donkeys were given water and then they grabbed apples our of their lunch sacks to give to the hungry animals.

Their kindness made an immediate difference to these two sweet creatures.

Fireman rescues lost donkeys during Camp Fire in California
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“They ate the apples quickly and seemed grateful for the snack,” Harvey said. “We called base camp and had them dispatch animal control officers to get the donkeys.”

Harvey and Loesch waited with the donkeys until they were safely in the care of animal control where they will have a safe place to stay.

To support the victims of the Camp Fire, you can make a donation to one of the following nonprofit organizations  American Red Cross or the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund.

Thank you so much for being so kind to these two beautiful donkeys. Melts my heart knowing that they were rescued and that you took the time to stay with them and share your apples and water until animal rescue showed up. ????

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