Exhausted firefighters have worked for weeks to tame the West Mims fire in south Georgia's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, but a member of one crew made a life-saving decision that earned the adoration of the internet.

The image was posted to the refuge's Facebook page April 28 as crews worked to intentionally start a fire near Chesser Island that would help them battle the main conflagration. The firefighter in the image saw the fawn just before the tactical burnout was started and whisked the tiny creature away to safety.

More than 2,000 people shared the Facebook post, and the Bureau of Land Management shared the picture on Twitter.

The wildfire has burned more than 200 square miles of land – an area larger than the city of Atlanta – and is 12 percent contained, according to Inciweb. Evacuations are ongoing in areas where homes may be threatened by the inferno, and federal funding was approved to fight the blaze that may burn until November.

 

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