Fleeing homeowner films harrowing escape from wildfire in California
Published 15/09/2015 | 14:15
A man forced to flee his home in California filmed his harrowing escape from a firestorm that has left thousands homeless.
The Valley fire in Lake County has continued to rage untamed after incinerating 61,000 acres in just two days.
On Sunday, a YouTube user uploaded a terrifying two-minute video showing his escape from the blaze, which has been called one of the worst in recent memory by Californian fire crews.
The footage, taken on 12 September, shows the driver navigating fleeing his home down a road surrounded by the wildfire.
In the video’s comment section, the unidentified uploader admits: “We did wait way too long to get out” but said there was no smoke or ash coming toward their home at the time “so we honestly didn’t know how close it was.”
He said there were no firefighters in the area at the time and speculated that was because fire agencies did not have enough resources to deploy there.
“In retrospect, we should have gone out for a drive to find out what was going on, but we were a little preoccupied with packing,” the user added.
On Saturday evening, the Valley Fire in North California consumed over 40,000 acres and burned up to 1,000 structures.
The governor of California has declared a state of emergency after the wildfires forced about 23,000 people to flee their homes in the north of the state.