Firefighters have rescue a scorched kitten with burnt paws from the smoldering debris of California's wildfires as heartbreaking pictures capture the plight of thousands of pets and wild animals fighting for survival
Devastating wildfires continued to burn across western states, including California and Oregon, leaving more than 4.6 million acres of land completely scorched and hundreds of thousands of people under evacuation orders. In California, 24 people have died, 10 have died in Oregon and one in Washington.
Search and rescue teams are still searching for victims or survivors in burned down home aand cars in the aftermath.
Emergency crews dampening down hot spots near homes have also been rescuing as many pets as they can, leaving Animal Control crews and veterinarian groups scrambling for resources.
Daniel Trevizo, a Los Angeles County Fire Department captain assigned to the North Complex, told Record Searchlight that his team was working when they heard a kitten - now nicknamed 'Fire Cat'.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Captain Daniel Trevizo (pictured) last week found an injured kitten while his team was cleaning up an affected area in the North Complex
North Valley Disaster Group animal rescuer volunteer moves a stray dog to a transport carrier after being found in an area burned by the Bear Fire in California
An injured 8 week old kitten with facial burns is being treated at SOVSC, which is a 24/7 hospital dealing with rescued animals from the destructive wildfires devastating the region on Saturday
An injured cat named Prince (center) is being treated for third degree burns on his paws, stomach and face by technician assistant Kaity Kelsey (left) and Vet assistant Kayla Weisz (right)both from Medford at the Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center
North Valley Animal Group rescue team tends to horses found in Northern California after the animals survived part of the Bear Fire in Berry Creek
'While we were cleaning up an area we heard meowing and sure enough, this little kitten comes running up as friendly as can be,' said Trevizo.
The area was still smoking as the kitten darted through the area.
After taking a quick video of the kitten, Trevizo placed it in the pocket of his fire jacket while he and his crew watered down embers near Lake Oroville.
'We're going ahead and keeping him safe and secure until we can drop him off to animal control,' he said.
The extent of the kitten's injuries weren't clear at first, but Trevizo thinks the animal may have been singed in the flames and suffered burnt paws.
'I'll try to secure some food (at the base camp) for the little kitten here and see that it gets properly fed,' he told the publication. 'He's a good little fire cat.'
Butte County Animal Control officer Linda Newman (right) prepares to load two donkeys that were found wander along a roadside, as Kari Zeitler (left) of the North Valley Disaster Group stages a horse for rescue that was left behind during the Bear fire
North Valley Disaster Group animal rescuers put out water and food for a small fox spotted along the roadside after the Bear Fire in California ripped through the area last week
Trevizo added that he saw in a firefighters' text message group that another fire captain had discovered a cat hidden in debris and rescued it.
More than 500 miles north, Patti Candell was shocked to find that her home in Mehama, Oregon was still standing after evacuations forced residents to flee.
Candell's home was in the path of the Beachie Creek Fire, which has killed at least four people and burned more than 188,900 acres. As of Monday, it is still zero per cent contained.
Most of the homes and structures in Candell's neighborhood were destroyed, including her horse stable and barn.
In Mehama, Oregon, Patti Candell returned home after evacuations to discover her barn had been completely destroyed but her cows and sheep were incredibly alive
The large amount of wildfire across the West Coast have inundated the skies with a smokey haze that continued to cling over the weekend after fires sparked
North Valley Disaster Group animal rescuer Steve Wetherbee attempts to feed his ham sandwich to a stray dog found in the area near burned by the Bear Fire
'It's just, you know, devastating, devastating,' she told CNN. Somehow, all her sheep and cows had survived the raging wildfire.
'The barn is, well its back there, you can see just that pile of white stuff. It's there, it's a big, huge 30-by-48 (foot) horse barn, three stalls and all that fun stuff. And yeah, it was wiped out,' Candell said.
Her house is just one of a handful that are still standing in Mehama.
'The flames actually came up to the house on this side of the home and on the back and how it didn't catch on fire is just amazing to us,' said Candell. 'It just, I don't know how the fire works, how the wind is.'
Butte County in Northern California was also the subject evacuations, and is where Animal Control found a puppy wounded by the fire on Saturday.
'As BCSO deputies and members of BCSO Search and Rescue were searching through properties impacted by the fire, they made an unexpected and welcomed discovery on a large property in Berry Creek, this adorable puppy,' the Butte County Sheriff's Office on Facebook.
A photo released by the Butte County Sheriff's Office on Saturday shows a deputy holding a puppy found among charred debris in Berry Creek
Authorities named the puppy 'Trooper' (center) and transported it to the Valley Oaks Veterinary Center in Chico, California, to be checked out for injuries
A brief investigation by authorities revealed that 'Trooper's' owner had several other dogs and was not able to locate all of them before evacuations began
Photos shared by the department showed the scared puppy covered in dirt and soot as an Animal Control crew member held it tightly. The property where they discovered the puppy has been completely devastated and the air holds a smoky quality to it.
The puppy suffered some minor burns and was taken to Valley Oaks Veterinary Center in Chico, California, to be checked out.
Authorities did some investigating and learned that the owner of damaged home has several dogs and was not able to locate them all before evacuations set in.
'Our deputies decided to give this sweet puppy a name, Trooper,' the Facebook post read.
Pictured: A Butte County Animal Control Officer puts out food and water for a cat, which was left behind, at a residence destroyed by the Bear fire
Shena Horton, 13, (left) exercises a wildfire evacuated horse at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg, Oregon, after the owner was forced to evacuate due to the Archie Fire
A wildfire evacuated horse looks out of a stall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg as around 94 active wildfirs burn across the West Coast this month
Butte County Animal Control officer Linda Newman (pictured) retrieves a horse left behind during the Bear Fire in California that has killed at least 10 people so far
A burned cat temporarily named Chestnut is seen recovering from her injuries at the Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center (SOVSC)
In Oregon, almost a dozen cats rescued amid scorching wildfires are being cared for at a veterinary hospital and staff members have posted their photos on social media hoping to reunite them with their owners.
The cats have burned paws covered in bandages. Some of their bellies are seared and, in one case, a cat nicknamed Depot because he was found by the Home Depot, is hooked up to oxygen because its lungs suffered damage from the hot smoke.
Rory Applegate, a veterinarian at Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center, says staff members are working even though some of them have had to evacuate or had family impacted by the blazes.
Applegate says the fires are a 'huge emotional toll' on the staff but they are balancing out the management of critical patients and making sure they can stay stable themselves.
She said she expects animals to feel the impact of the heavy smoke in the coming days, too.
An injured cat named Prince is being treated for third degree burns on his paws, stomach and face by technician assistant Kaity Kelsey (right) and Vet assistant Kayla Weisz (left) both from Medford, Oregon, at the Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center (SOVSC)
Veterinarians and animal rescue crews have asked residents for help as they attempt to car for