The 2014 Carlton Complex Fire in Central Washington has been called the worst wildfire in Washington state history with more than 300 homes destroyed and a quarter-million acres burned. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the toll on nature was just as devastating, affecting thousands of animals and birds, including a bear cub whose paws were badly burned.
Named "Cinder", the cub was nursed by a local resident and then brought to a California Wildlife Center that specializes in treating burns. Later the cub was moved to the Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation Center. After months of treatment and care there, Cinder, along with a fellow bear cub she befriended at the Center, was released back into the forest, happy to be returning to her native home.
As the area continues to heal from the negative effects of such a horrible fire, it's nice to hear a story that focuses on the positive. A reminder to us all that there is hope for a brighter future during this very trying time.
Watch Cinder's story on CBS News This Morning.
Photo courtesy of: KIRO 7 News/Seattle