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Firefighters flee in terror from angry bull while tackling massive bushfire

Firefighters fled in terror after being confronted and chased by an angry bull while tackling a massive bushfire.

They were clearing a road when the huge animal locals had dubbed Maxwell suddenly emerged from a bush and charged.

Footage shows them sprinting back to the safety of their fire engines as the longhorn bull chased them away in California, US.

A spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department said: "The firefighters were working in the area for a few days and they had seen Maxwell the Bull all around town.

"When the firefighters were assigned the task of attacking this flank of the fire, the road was too narrow to make access to the fire's edge so crews of firefighters started cutting brush to widen the road.

"To their surprise, Maxwell popped his head out of the bushes.

"I don't know who was more surprised – Maxwell or the firefighters.

"Maxwell chased the firefighters down the road and toward their fire engines.

"He did not appear to be overly aggressive, just trotting toward the firefighters.

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"No firefighters or Maxwell were injured during this little encounter."

The clip was filmed on August 14 as firefighters were trying to clear debris blocking their fire engines' access to the wildfire.

The fire department have been busy fighting the wildfire spanning more than 31,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest near Lake Hughes over the past few weeks.

This blaze started on August 12 and has since destroyed several homes, 12 structures and 21 outbuildings, forcing dozens of people to flee their houses.

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