Don't worry - the cottontail escaped unharmed
This eastern cottontail got rousted out before the flames reached its brushpile. We shooed it over the fireline and into a safe zone. Since our fires cover small areas and burn through them fairly quickly, there is relatively little major impact to most of the woodland residents. Most of the people I work with will go out of their way to move even the smallest critters out of harm's way whenever possible.