This little owl was found ‘hopping around in the ashes’ of Maria Fire. Firefighters rescued him

Ventura County firefighters rescued a feathery friend as they worked in the Maria Fire burn area on Saturday.

Firefighters were checking for burned-out trees that could fall and hurt people when they found a great horned owl “hopping around in the ashes,” the Ventura County Star reported.

The owl was disoriented, “suffering from smoke inhalation and a bad case of flat flies,” or, parasitic insects, according to a Facebook post from Camarillo Wildlife Rehabilitation, the organization that took in the owl.

“Thanks to these courageous men, he will make a full recovery and be released back to his territory as soon as it’s safe to do so,” the organization said.

The crew named the bird Ram in honor of their mascot and the Los Angeles Rams football team, the fire department said.

The Maria Fire erupted just south of Santa Paula in Ventura County on Thursday night. As of Monday morning, the fire had burned 9,412 acres and was 80% contained.

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.