Terrifying moment Oregon family run out of gas while on the run from fast-spreading wildfires on camping trip – as flames lick the side of their car
- Allison Hargett, husband Tyler, and six-year-old daughter Lilly went camping in Detroit Lake State Park on Labor Day
- They were ordered to evacuate at approximately 1am on Tuesday when the Beachie Creek Fire broke into their campgrounds
- The family made it about 20 miles before their car ran out of gas
- Fortunately, their friends were on their way for them and took them home
- Allison filmed several videos from the car showing the forest surrounded by an eerie orange glow as flames consumed trees and embers fell from the sky
An Oregon family’s camping trip took a terrifying turn when their car ran out of gas as they fled a raging forest fire.
Allison Hargett, her husband Tyler, and their six-year-old daughter Lilly drove from their Gladstone home to Detroit Lake State Park, south of Salem, on Labor Day.
Hours after they settled for the night, the family was awakened by evacuation orders at around 1 a.m. on Tuesday, when the Beachie Creek Fire broke into their campgrounds and filled the air with smoke.
The Hargett family quickly lifted their boat and grabbed their car to drive to safety, chasing their friends, Tim and Adamma Dye.
As they made the trek out of the evacuation zone, Allison filmed several videos from within the car showing the forest enveloped in an eerie orange glow as flames consumed dozens of trees and kicked embers from the sky.
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Allison Hargett, her husband Tyler, and their six-year-old daughter Lilly (pictured together) were camping in Detroit Lake State Park when a bushfire forced them to evacuate Tuesday
Allison filmed several videos from the car as her family fled to safety in the middle of the night
The videos showed the forest surrounded by an eerie orange glow as flames consumed dozens of trees and kicked embers from the sky
In one of the videos, Lilly is heard asking if everything is going to be okay. Allison assures her daughter that they will.
But moments later, the family’s car ran out of gas outside Mill City, trapping them in the Marion County evacuation zone.
Fortunately, they were not alone on the road.
‘[Our friends] stood in front of us and saw us stop and turn around, throw their stuff in the backseat and tell us to get in and let’s go, ”Allison said. CNN on Tuesday.
Despite being forced to leave their boat, car, and much of their belongings to fit in their friends’ vehicle, Allison said her family was grateful she got to safety.
‘We were out of gas and would have been stranded. They saved us, ”she said.
The group has come to safety, but they have no idea when they can return to see if the boat and car survived the fire.
“We’re also devastated by the loss of our vehicle and our boat … but at least we’re fine,” Allison said.
In one of the videos, Lilly is heard asking if everything will be okay, and Allison assures her they will. Moments later, however, the family’s car ran out of gas, leaving them stranded
The Hargett family managed to get to safety by hiding in their friends’ car. ‘We would be stranded. They saved us, ”Allison told CNN
The Beachie Creek Fire ignited on August 16 and has since set fire to more than 130,000 acres, according to local officials. It remains zero percent landlocked and travels at three acres per hour.
High winds, dry conditions, and a heatwave in the drought-stricken region helped spark the fire over the weekend, sparking evacuations for several towns in Marion County, including Detroit Lake State Park.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office released a video of multiple buildings in Mill City on Wednesday evening, hours after the Hargett family and their friends left the area.
Neighboring Clackamas County declared a state of emergency on Tuesday when four active fires – including Beachie Creek – endangered several communities.
There are currently seven active fires in the state of Oregon, along with 12 fires in the north in Washington and 25 fires in the south in California.
Law enforcement officials are organizing evacuations in Leaburg, Oregon on Tuesday