Tortoise Sanctuary Scorched by Wildfire in Shasta County as Efforts to Contain Blaze Continue

A wildfire in northern California damaged a tortoise sanctuary and caused some of the animals to be covered in flame retardant, as efforts to tackle the blaze continued on Friday, July 15.

According to Cal Fire, the Peter fire broke out in Anderson, north of Redding, on Thursday afternoon and threatened structures in the area.

The Tortoise Acres Rescue and Sanctuary, a rescue organization dedicated to turtles and tortoises,
posted images and footage to their Facebook page showing scorched property and some of the tortoises covered in pink flame retardant.

By Friday afternoon, the fire burned 304 acres and was 35 percent contained, officials said. Credit: Tortoise Acres Rescue and Sanctuary via Storyful

Video transcript

[HELICOPTER WHIRRING]

- Tortoise Acres fans, we need your help.

[HELICOPTER WHIRRING]

Rocky, you survived a fire buddy. Your pen doesn't look so good, but you survived.

[HELICOPTER WHIRRING]

Oh, there's a straggler. Wonder how many else got loose and we can't find. There's tortoises everywhere on the ranch because the fences are down. I just hope we can find them all. It's starting to get dark. Everything's pink from the retardant.

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