Dog runs for its life, leaps into arms of California firefighter

The devastating California wildfires have driven people – and pets – from their homes.

But one dog, which was separated from its owners in the panic, found an unexpected hero in Battalion Chief Mike Mohler with Cal Fire San Bernardino.

“The dog ran and leaped into Chief Mohler’s arms from the burn area,” Cal Fire wrote on Facebook Wednesday.

The dog had minor injuries, was given food and water and taken to animal control to be reunited with its family.

“Seeing that dog run out of the flames was pretty amazing,” Mohler told CBS Los Angeles. “Really, that dog sheltered in place until it actually saw help, and it didn’t have to be a firefighter. It could have been a civilian. Lucky nobody was back there, but it just wanted help.”

Mohler was quickly hailed as a hero by animal lovers around the world.


The Bluecut Fire has already burned more than 37,000 acres and is just 22 per cent contained.

h/t CBS News Photos CAL FIRE San Bernardino/Inyo/Mono Unit/Facebook

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