Heartwarming video shows horse running back into California wildfire to find family

Heartwarming video shows horse running back into California wildfire to find family

A heartwarming video has gone viral on social media this week, which shows a brave horse galloping into a wildfire in California to save their family.

The incident allegedly occurred just outside the Simi Valley, with various different ranches operating on the plains. Ranchers all across the Golden State have been forced to evacuate their livestock to safety.

While filming this, CBS News managed to capture footage of one horse breaking away from its handlers, only to run back into a dangerous zone to save two other horses. 

An image of a Californian wildfire. Credit: PA Images

The video was first shared on social media by a Twitter-user named George Whipple Jr, where the dramatic footage quickly accrued over 1 million views, 5,900 retweets, and over 20,000 likes.

Whipple captioned the post: "Incredible video of a horse going back to rescue two more horses from the fire caught by @CBSLA @joybenedict and her crew. You'll see this and more on the @CBSEveningNews."

Watch the heartwarming video of the equestrian family reunion below:

According to Forbes, at least twelve active wildfires are currently burning around the state of California. The largest blaze of them all is currently the 76,000-acre Kincade Fire in Sonoma County. However, the Hill Fire near Riverside and the Easy Fire outside Simi Valley (as featured in the video of the horse) are proving just as dangerous, and hard to combat.

Commenting on the issue in an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Thursday, former Democrat governor Gray Davis, called for a state wildfire summit to determine a solution to the crisis.

An image of a horse. Credit: Pexels

Davis stated: "But it won’t happen without acknowledging everybody has some part of the blame to bear. The focus ought to be how to use technology to up our game ... to keep people from the horror of, not only of blackouts but of planned blackouts, presumably to stop more wildfires."