Wildfires can occur anywhere and can destroy homes, businesses, infrastructure, natural resources, and agriculture, as well as death or injury to people and animals.
Fortunately, Izzy’s reunion with members of her owner’s family has gone viral in the aftermath of the devastating California wildfires.
Jack Weaver and his brother-in-law Patrick Widen walked around police barricades, through a creek, and up treacherous hilly roads to save Weaver’s mother from the grim task of recovering the body of the family’s beloved dog Izzy.
Katherine Weaver was convinced Izzy died in a ferocious wildfire that destroyed their Northern California neighborhood and sent them fleeing for safety, Katherine still in her nightgown.
California Wildfires and the Aftermath
When the men reached the end of the narrow road on Tuesday, Jack Weaver swore as he saw that the house was completely gone. But then Izzy suddenly came bounding out for a joyous reunion.
Jack Weaver, who was filming the scene for his parents, captured the moment on his phone in a video that’s gone viral on Facebook, providing a rare bit of good news amid endless scenes of severe destruction.
“She was very happy to see us,” Weaver said of Izzy, a 9-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog. “She’s such a brave dog. She was panting a lot and clearly stressed. But she was not frantic or anything.”
In the frantic race to escape in the middle of the night, the Weavers and many others were forced to leave behind their pets because they couldn’t be found or there was simply no time to get them. Thousands of people remained evacuated Saturday as fires continued to rage in California’s wine country and authorities said it was still too dangerous to return to burned-out neighborhoods of Santa Rosa.
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