Clever raccoon climbs sign post to escape wildfire in Alberta

Forget bird on a wire. Check out raccoon atop a sign.

As wildfires swept through the Canadian prairies one critter made a great escape.

Tanner Betcker snapped a startling image near Hilda, Alberta on Tuesday.

A raccoon with a penchant for heights.

The animal appears to gaze right into the camera as smoke whips behind.

Strong winds fuelled six blazes that burned in southern Alberta, and more grassfires in Saskatchewan next door on Tuesday.

Some fires continued to burned into Wednesday, torching homes, other structures, killing pets and livestock. One firefighter also died when his water truck crashed on the Saskatchewan side as he was helping fight one of the fires.

But the image of a wily raccoon proved to be a bright spot in terrifying couple of days.

Lisa Betcker took another picture of the industrious little fellow.

Sign-climbing raccoon on the prairies. Lisa Betcker/Facebook

She later told a local radio station that the raccoon ran into a culvert after the fire passed by.

She also shared some good news.

“He’s all good,” she told 102.1 CJCY. “He’s all good. The sign fell over just as Tanner Betcker took the picture and he safely went into the culvert and the fire is long past.”

Main photo Tanner Betcker/Facebook

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