Man rescues rabbit from wildfire on side of Calif. highway

A man on the side of the road hopped into action and saved the day for a rabbit caught in the wildfires engulfing Southern California.

Footage broadcast by KABC showed the unidentified man in a hooded sweatshirt jumping up and down in distress near the state's Highway 1 in Ventura County, which has seen 90,000 acres burned by the Thomas Fire as of Thursday morning.

After raising his hands to his head repeatedly, he chases the wild rabbit and picks it up and holds it in his arm.

It was not immediately clear what happened to the rabbit and its human savior, who declined to be interviewed by KABC but was praised as a hero online.

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The burnt remains of an automobile is seen at the Hawaiian Village apartments after a wind-driven wildfire swept into the city of Ventura, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
The remains of a home are seen, after it burned to the ground, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The remains of homes are seen, after they burned to the ground, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
A real estate sign post is seen next to the remains of a home, after it burned to the ground, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
A home's remains are seen, next to a burnt out truck, after they were destroyed, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
The remains of a home are seen, after it burned to the ground, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
A house burns to the ground during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
The remains of a home are seen, after it burned to the ground, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
The remains of a home are seen, after it burned to the ground, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
The remains of a home are seen, after it burned to the ground, during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
A firefighter hoses down flareups at the two story Hawaiian Village Apartment complex that burnt to the ground during the Thomas wildfire in Ventura, California on December 5, 2017. Firefighters battled a wind-whipped brush fire in southern California that has left at least one person dead, destroyed more than 150 homes and businesses and forced tens of thousands to flee. / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
CALIFORNIA, USA - DECEMBER 5: The space where a house was is empty after the burned structure came down the hillside on December 5, 2017 in Ventura, California, United States. The fire has consumed over 50,000 acres according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection. (Photo by Justin L. Stewart/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
VENTURA, CA - DECEMBER 05: A fast-moving, wind-fueled wildfire swept through the Clearpoint neighborhood of Ventura destroying many homes early Tuesday, burning over 45,000 acres, destroying homes and forcing 27,000 people to evacuate. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
VENTURA, CA - DECEMBER 05: A fast-moving, wind-fueled wildfire swept through the Clearpoint neighborhood of Ventura destroying many homes early Tuesday, burning over 45,000 acres, destroying homes and forcing 27,000 people to evacuate. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
CALIFORNIA, USA - DECEMBER 5: The Thomas Fire in Ventura county has consumed over 50,000 acres according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection on December 5, 2017 in Ventura, California, United States. (Photo by Justin L. Stewart/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Burnt out cars and a house are seen during the Thomas wildfire in Ventura, California on December 5, 2017. Firefighters battled a wind-whipped brush fire in southern California that has left at least one person dead, destroyed more than 150 homes and businesses and forced tens of thousands to flee. / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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His actions come as thousands of residents in the area north of Los Angeles have been forced to evacuate because of major blazes including the Skirball Fire that burned homes near the city’s Getty Center art museum.

The Thomas Fire was only at 5% containment as of late Wednesday, according to Cal Fire, with the area’s Santa Ana Winds fanning flames at up to 80mph.

Cal Fire said that any new fires that sprout on Thursday will have “extreme” potential for rapid growth and destruction.

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