By Sunday, the worst of the Maria Fire blazes had died down, but the Ventura County firefighters’ work was far from over.
While patrolling for dangerous trees weakened by the flames, firefighters stumbled upon someone in need of help. The ash-covered great horned owl’s bright yellow eyes stopped them in their tracks.
“They came across an owl in a burnt-out portion of a drainage ditch,” Mike Desforges, public information officer with the Ventura County Fire Department, told The Dodo. “They watched it for a few minutes and they thought it didn’t look right.”