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Rabbit rescued from California forest fires anonymous hero

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Driver pulls over to save the rabbit as blaze races through the highway

Raw video: good Samaritan stops to save wild animals and, as a large wildfire burns along Highway 1 in California.

A California man faced with the flames of the state is life-threatening forest fires Wednesday and crossed perilous terrain to rescue a helpless resident — a wild rabbit.

The unknown man, wearing a pair of shorts and a red hoodie, jumped up and down in an attempt to lure the rabbit to safety, a scene captured by KABC-cameras. Trees and bushes engulfed in flames were just a few inches away as the man worked to save the cottontailed California.

The rabbit finally jumped in the direction of the man after a short pursuit. The man knelt down, picked him up and carried the rabbit to safety.

A man looks at the huge flames burning in a Southern California neighborhood.

(AP/Noah Berger)

It is unclear where the man took the rabbit. A photographer in the area captured the incident, but the man refused to be interviewed, KABC reported.

Approximately 200,000 people were forced to evacuate California after the blazes broke earlier this week. Firefighters fought to save millions of dollars of homes in the path of the fire while trying to order the evacuation of the residents.

“These are the days that break your heart,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said during a press conference. “These are also days that show the resilience of our city.”

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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