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Dog lost in Caldor Fire rescued in snowy California mountains

Russ, a pit bull-terrier mix, ran away in August as the Caldor Fire roared toward South Lake Tahoe. Russ has been reunited with his family.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A dog separated from his owner last summer as a wildfire forced evacuations in the California mountains was found after a backcountry skier spotted the animal in deep snow, prompting an intense rescue operation.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Russ, a pit bull-terrier mix, ran away in August as the Caldor Fire roared toward South Lake Tahoe.

On Dec. 16, a man skiing west of Tahoe saw the dog and posted photos online. Rescuers tracked the animal in heavy snow and brought him down on a sled.

Russ was in good health and within days was reunited with his family.

Read the full story here.

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