Cougar cubs, raccoons, kitty cats. After rehab, animals hurt by fires find new homes

California’s record wildfire season may not be completely over, but the trauma is ending for some of the state’s most vulnerable inhabitants: animals rescued from the blazes.



a cat lying on a bed: The Oakland Zoo cared for two mountain lion cubs orphaned by the Zogg fire in Shasta County. The twins are set to move to a new home at an Ohio zoo. (Oakland Zoo)


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The Oakland Zoo cared for two mountain lion cubs orphaned by the Zogg fire in Shasta County. The twins are set to move to a new home at an Ohio zoo. (Oakland Zoo)

Several animals found injured during wildfires this year have recovered and will soon be welcomed into new homes.

One happy caregiver welcomed home her “semi-feral” cat, Ned, after he spent three months recovering from burns to his feet, face, ears, hind leg and tail at the hospital at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

The cat was rescued at Linda Kearney’s property in Vacaville, where he escaped from the LNU Lightning Complex fire, according to a UC Davis news release. Kearney managed to save 12

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More than 400 structures damaged since fire’s start

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Hilary and Josh Embrey’s home in Buckskin Heights in Masonville, Colorado was destroyed in the Cameron Peak Fire.

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The number of homes and structures damaged by the Cameron Peak Fire continues to grow.

As of Monday, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office spokesman David Moore said there have been 434 reported structures damaged by the Cameron Peak Fire since it started Aug. 13. Of those, 426 were destroyed, and the rest received major or minor damage.

Of those damaged or destroyed, 209 are homes, 208 area outbuildings and 17 were designated as businesses that were part of the Shambahla Mountain Center. 

Twenty-six primary residences have been affected by the fire, Larimer County Director of Emergency Management Lori Hodges told county commissioners Tuesday morning.

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In the latest run of the Cameron Peak Fire that

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Cameron Peak, East Troublesome fires destroyed more than 300 homes

The two largest wildfires in Colorado’s recorded history have destroyed more than 300 homes and hundreds of additional structures, including detached garages, barns and sheds.

The Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires were among the Colorado wildfires blanketed in snow and tamed by wintery weather on Sunday and Monday. The pause brought by the storm allowed firefighters and other emergency responders to access areas that had been off limit to conduct structure-damage assessments.

Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin on Tuesday said assessment team members have identified “about 100 or so” homes destroyed by the East Troublesome fire in a new round of assessments over the past couple of days, efforts that are still ongoing.

“We’re finding more every direction we turn around,” Schroetlin said.

In Larimer County, sheriff’s officials have confirmed the Cameron Peak fire destroyed 426 structures, including 209 residences and 108 out buildings. Twenty-four of the destroyed homes

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Fast-Moving California Fires Threaten Million-Dollar Homes

(Bloomberg) — Two Southern California wildfires that have forced nearly 100,000 people to evacuate are threatening to rip through nearby upscale neighborhoods as hurricane-force winds drive the flames over hillsides.



a traffic light hanging from a pole: Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) workers install a Viper Recloser in Yountville, California, U.S., on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The California Public Utilities Commission proposed to require large investor-owned utilities to speed up the deployment of microgrids and other so-called resiliency projects to minimize the impacts of wildfire-induced outages and power shut-offs.


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Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) workers install a Viper Recloser in Yountville, California, U.S., on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The California Public Utilities Commission proposed to require large investor-owned utilities to speed up the deployment of microgrids and other so-called resiliency projects to minimize the impacts of wildfire-induced outages and power shut-offs.

The blazes, in Orange County, are much smaller than some of the sprawling conflagrations that blackened huge swaths of Northern California over the past few months. But instead of burning remote forests, they’re raging beside densely populated subdivisions, threatening tens of the thousands of people and million-dollar homes.

Wind gusts and bone-dry conditions have made for some of the most threatening weather California has seen

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Raging California fires keep tens of thousands from homes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California on Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as another round of dangerous fire weather raises the risk for flames erupting across the state.

Fierce winds that drove twin fires through brushy hills near cities in Orange County a day earlier were expected to pick back up, although not to the earlier extremes, according to the National Weather Service.

Southern California Edison reported to regulators that it was investigating whether its equipment might have sparked the Silverado Fire near the city of Irvine. With utility equipment blamed for several destructive fires in recent years, Edison was among the utilities in California that deliberately cut power to customers to prevent equipment from being knocked down or hit with debris in the winds and sparking wildfires.

Irvine residents had to

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Silverado, Blue Ridge fires push 85K evacuations

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The Silverado Fire and Blue Ride Fire in Southern California burns over 8,000 acres and forces thousands to evacuate their homes.

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LOS ANGELES — Two rapidly spreading wildfires prompted the evacuation of more than 85,000 people in two cities in upscale sections of Southern California’s Orange County, fire officials said Monday.

More than 500 firefighters turned out in force to battle the Silverado Fire that quickly blackened more than 7,200 acres near Irvine. As a precaution, 70,000 people were ordered to evacuate from their homes, Fire Capt. Greg Barta said.

Two members of a fire hand crew were badly burned, the Orange County Fire Authority said. The two, ages 26 and 32, suffered second- and third-degree burns on at least half of their bodies.

“They are gravely injured. Their families are with them,” said OCFA Fire Chief Brian Fennessy. “We are giving them all the support we

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Colorado wildfires rage as blaze incinerates dozens of mountain homes, ranks among state’s costliest fires

Firefighters in Colorado were able to gain ground Monday against the state’s largest wildfire on record, as the damage from another blaze has totaled among the most costly in state history. 

The largest blaze currently burning in Colorado, the Cameron Peak Fire, is now 205,004 acres and 51% contained as of Tuesday morning. 

“We were finally able to go on offense,” incident commander Dan Dallas said.

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Officials said firefighting efforts were “very successful” throughout the day, despite near-critical fire weather conditions.

The Cameron Peak Fire has burned over 205,000 acres and is 51% contained as of Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.

The Cameron Peak Fire has burned over 205,000 acres and is 51% contained as of Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.
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“There were no impacts to any structures that we are aware of and fire growth over the last 24 hours was only about 100 acres,” officials said on Facebook.

Officials were able to fly “a

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Fires explode in the West burning homes and prompting evacuations

At least three dozen large uncontained wildfires are burning in the western U.S.



a train on a track with smoke coming out of it: The Cameron Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in Colorado's history, burns outside Estes Park, Colorado, U.S. October 16, 2020.


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The Cameron Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in Colorado’s history, burns outside Estes Park, Colorado, U.S. October 16, 2020.

Over the weekend, gusty winds and bone dry conditions spread the fires in Colorado and Utah.



a close up of a sign: Over the weekend, gusty winds and bone dry conditions spread the fires in Colorado and Utah.


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Over the weekend, gusty winds and bone dry conditions spread the fires in Colorado and Utah.

The Cameron Peak fire in Colorado is now the largest wildfire in Colorado history burning 203,253 acres and is 62% contained with evacuations issued.

The Calwood Fire in Colorado is 8,788 acres and is 15% contained with evacuations also issued.

The Lefthand Canyon Fire in Colorado is 312 acres and there were evacuations on Sunday.

The Range Fire in Utah is at least 3,000 acres and containment is currently unknown with evacuations issued.

On Monday, it will continue to be

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Cameron Peak, CalWood fires drive thousands from their homes in Colorado

A Colorado wildfire had raced through more than 8,700 parched, wind-blown acres in less than 24 hours on Sunday, forcing evacuation of almost 3,000 people in Boulder County as wildfires continued to batter the state and the West.

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The CalWood Fire began burning Saturday in Boulder County, about 50 miles southeast of the Cameron Peak Fire. That fire, the largest in state history, has burned more than 317 square miles since mid-August.

“It just exploded,” Mike Wagner, division chief with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, said of the CalWood fire. “We do believe multiple homes were probably lost. It’s still too dynamic to get in and begin to assess.”

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Courtney Walsh posted three pictures of her burned-out,

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Many homes likely lost in north-central Colorado fires

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Nearly 3,000 people were forced to flee from a fast-moving fire in north-central Colorado and authorities believe a large number of homes were destroyed.

The CalWood Fire started around noon Saturday near the Cal-Wood Education Center, which is about 17 miles (27 kilometers) from downtown Boulder. It was pushed by strong winds. The National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Mesa lab recorded gusts of 59 mph (95 kph) on Saturday.

More than 1,600 residences and nearly 3,000 people were under evacuation orders, including the small town of Jamestown, Boulder County officials said.

Based on the path of the fire, officials believe it is likely that many homes were lost, Mike Wagner, the Boulder County sheriff’s division chief, said Sunday.

Wagner said damage assessment teams haven’t been able to get into the area to determine how many homes were lost. A news photographer for the Daily Camera later

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