BUTTE COUNTY, CA (CBSLA) – A family returned home after evacuating during the deadly Camp Fire in northern California to find their dog patiently waiting for them – weeks after flames ravaged the community.

Andrea Gaylord involuntarily left Madison behind as the deadliest fire in state history swept through Butte County last month. The Anatolian Shepherd’s family was unable to reach him after being forced out of the area, according to K9 Paw Print Rescue.

But the pup survived, and his owner found him once she was allowed back onto her property this week. Madison immediately ran to Gaylord, who treated her furry companion with his favorite snack: Wheat Thins.

Pet rescue worker Shayla Sullivan visited the scorched area to give Madison food and water while Gaylord was gone.

The Camp Fire wiped out the entire town of Paradise, and destroyed more than 14,000 homes in the area. Officials expect residents to be in shelters through Christmas, CBS News reports.

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