We have some wonderful news about who people are calling the unofficial mascot the Carr Fire, stubborn Ben the Mule: He's Safe!
We got an update from Justin "Cowboy911" Jones on just how he was able to get the stubborn mule home safe:
"Anyone who has been following the local Facebook pages for Carr Fire evacuees has probably heard of Ben the Mule. His owner had to evacuate in the Igo area and couldn't get stubborn Ben loaded, so she had to leave him behind. By the time community members with trailers were available to help, all road access to Ben was closed. For days, Ben's owner, along with strangers who heard about Ben and wanted to help, posted regularly on Carr Fire facebook pages trying to get help to this stubborn, beloved mule. With over 10 horse trailers available on-site to help evacuate, our community's rogue mule was mentioned continuously as Ben's new fans tried to get help to him. Countless people on the facebook pages were asking about updates on Ben, and several replies were posted by people who were able to check the area but said they didn't see him.
Then finally Sunday night, the Cowboy 911 facebook page received word that Ben had been rescued! Followers joked about Ben being the official Carr Fire Mascot, at least on the Cowboy911 Facebook page. One follower from out of the area even commented, "I've had more on my Facebook about Ben the Mule than about Russia and all the political stuff these last few days!" Though the rescuing of a mule seems small in comparison to the heartbreaking stories of loss, it is a story to be shared. Ben has indeed become a sort of mascot for the Carr Fire. His stubborn ways giving us hope that we won't be stuck in this fire forever. And his story tells of the loving people in our community and beyond who come together to make sure not one is lost."