A wildfire crew from Missoula, Montana, working a massive 316,000-acre wildfire in northcentral New Mexico, came across a lone elk calf while searching for hot spots.

“She was lying quietly in a six-inch deep layer of white ash, surrounded by the blackened remains of fir trees,” firefighter Nate Sink said in a Facebook post.

The crew observed the calf for an hour hoping the mother would return. Finding no adult tracks, they took it to a nearby ranching family and followed the advice of a family veterinarian to offer the young elk a mixture of condensed milk and water until they could get some specially formulated milk.

The calf is now at a refuge under the care of a surrogate-mother elk and will be released into the wild in a few months.

Go here to read the Facebook post and view additional photos.

(Photo credit:  Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak Fire)

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