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Elite firefighters save baby deer from Arizona wildfire

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Photo: US Forest Service Photo: US Forest Service
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. -

Count baby deer among those saved by the elite crews fighting a stubborn Arizona wildfire.

The U.S. Forest Service posted photos and a video on Facebook showing the Friday night rescue, where Hotshots rounded up two deer fawns.

The baby animals were found too close to the spreading blaze in the dense Prescott National Forest and around Prescott, a mountain city about 100 miles (160.9 kilometers) north of Phoenix.

The firefighters took the deer to a nearby habitat away from the flames so that they could be reunited with their mother.

The rescuers come from an elite Flagstaff crew and are among 1,200 firefighters at the scene.

The fire started June 24, burning about 43 square miles (111 square kilometers) of land. It's 53 percent contained as of Sunday.

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