Fire crews who were called out to battle a grass fire in Cameron Park quickly turned to rescue mode.
The grass fire started just after 2 p.m. Friday in the Cameron Park Estates neighborhood. The 4-acre vegetation fire was feet away from several homes. Officials believe the fire started from a tractor, but the cause is still under investigation.
Fire officials said the man who was operating the tractor was injured. He was taken to a local hospital with minor burn wounds but is expected to be okay.
With the help of some neighbors, firefighters were able to put out the flames and save the threatened homes.
As the fire was still being mopped up, a fawn found himself in the middle of all the danger.
The 4-week-old deer got trapped inside an empty pool as it was trying to run to safety.
"They had gotten it out and it ran right into the black area where it was still a little burn. It was pretty hot," El Dorado Hills firefighter Luke Bohanan said. "[It] made its way through some fencing and got stuck in the wire fencing."
The firefighter was able to pull the fawn to safety.
"It was pretty weak, so we started to douse it with water and it started to come back to life," Bohanan said.
The fawn had some burn injuries. The Sierra Wildlife Rescue came to pick up the deer and get it checked out.
"If we are able to rehab, then we'll take him to our facilities and we'll take care of him until he's about 4 months old," said Panadda Cook with the rescue group.
If recovery goes well, the fawn could then be released back into the wild.