Terrifying video shows people escaping the treacherous California wildfire

A horrifying new video illuminates the dangers of the Camp Fire in Northern California.

The video shared on Facebook by Brynn Parott Chatfield documents their drive through the fire as they attempt to evacuate from their hometown of Paradise. 

Raging fires can be seen burning through the terrain on both sides of the road during Chatfield’s distressing drive, and a passenger in the car can be heard saying a prayer for safety. Visibility is almost zero at times due to the smoke an ash. 

“I feel very vulnerable posting this but I feel I should,” Chatfield wrote on Facebook. “My hometown of Paradise is on fire. My family is evacuated and safe. Not all my friends are safe. It’s very surreal. Things always work out, but the unknown is a little scary.”

The fire, which started in Feather River Canyon on Thursday morning, has been spreading rapidly, forcing residents of Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon, and Butte Valley to evacuate, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

It’s estimated that about 1,000 building and homes have already been destroyed in Paradise, and while multiple deaths have been reported the exact number of fatalities has yet to be verified, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea . At least 70,000 acres have been burned in the Camp Fire thus far, and it is only 5 percent contained.

Roughly 2,200 firefighters are currently battling the deadly flames. If you or anyone you know happens to be anywhere near the Camp Fire, please evacuate to safety. 

[h/t: Gizmodo]

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Image: Brynn Parrott Chatfield/Facebook