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Man rescues rabbit from wildfire on side of Calif. highway

A man on the side of the road hopped into action and saved the day for a rabbit caught in the wildfires engulfing Southern California.

Footage broadcast by KABC showed the unidentified man in a hooded sweatshirt jumping up and down in distress near the state’s Highway 1 in Ventura County, which has seen 90,000 acres burned by the Thomas Fire as of Thursday morning.

After raising his hands to his head repeatedly, he chases the wild rabbit and picks it up and holds it in his arms.

A man was seen rescuing a rabbit from flames on the side of a California highway.

A man was seen rescuing a rabbit from flames on the side of a California highway.

(ABC7)

It was not immediately clear what happened to the rabbit and its human savior, who declined to be interviewed by KABC but was praised as a hero online.

Wildfires rip through Southern California

His actions come as thousands of residents in the area north of Los Angeles have been forced to evacuate because of major blazes including the Skirball Fire that burned homes near the city’s Getty Center art museum.

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Southern California fires force thousands to evacuate

The Thomas Fire was only at 5% containment as of late Wednesday, according to Cal Fire, with the area’s Santa Ana Winds fanning flames at up to 80mph.

Cal Fire said that any new fires that sprout on Thursday will have “extreme” potential for rapid growth and destruction.

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