Truck driver braves wall of fire, falling trees and burning ash to escape California forest fires

A truck driver went through a wall of fire in his vehicle to get away from furious forest fires that roused California.

Colton Percifield recorded a video while driving in Concow, Northern California, last night while forest fires overwhelmed homes and roads in the region.

The 20-year-old said that he woke up in a friend's house to smoke outside at around 7 o'clock in the night, because there were fires on the house.

He went to an emergency shelter on the outskirts of the city in his pick-up, but as he ran on an empty road, he was surrounded by a huge tower of fire and a towering inferno on both sides of the road.

Colton Percifield filmed himself and tried to escape the Californian forest fires in his pickup truck as burning ash and falling trees around him

Colton Percifield filmed himself and tried to escape the Californian forest fires in his pickup truck as burning ash and falling trees around him

The recorded images showed the hellish conditions with which he was confronted, as he rolled thick smoke with heat that engulfed the truck, while the temperature in the vehicle rose like giant sparks, flames covered the burning road and covered the roof.

As he stuck through the burning rubble, the engine of his truck can be heard in the clip struggling to drive through the difficult terrain.

At one point a tree branch fell on his car, smashed his windshield and dulled the front of his car and he bound to find his way to safety in the pitch-black darkness.

He said: & # 39; Within half an hour the whole place was on fire. By 8.20 the house was on fire. & # 39;

Concow residents were asked to evacuate as the campfire that broke out yesterday morning, but some residents were said to have no opportunity to escape their homes.

The road in Concow, Northern California, was covered in flames when Colton attempted to escape the fire that evacuated thousands of homes

The road in Concow, Northern California, was covered in flames when Colton attempted to escape the fire that evacuated thousands of homes

The road in Concow, Northern California, was covered in flames when Colton attempted to escape the fire that evacuated thousands of homes

The flames covered his vehicle, and at some point falling trees hit Colton's truck

The flames covered his vehicle, and at some point falling trees hit Colton's truck

The flames covered his vehicle, and at some point falling trees hit Colton's truck

The fire began in the early hours of the morning at the Pulga, a small community surrounded by the Plumas National Forest, officials said.

The first firefighters who arrived found about ten to fifteen acres burning with gusts of almost 50 km / h, accused of the speed with which the flames grow rapidly.

Officials warn that the situation could get worse, as Cal Fire Chief Darren Read told reporters that an estimated 1,500 first responders were on the road or on the road, as well as 300 fire engines, 20 bulldozers, airplanes and other supporting vehicles.

Evacuations were also focused on the entire Paradise, where nearly 27,000 residents live and it was described as & # 39; virtually destroyed & # 39 ;, near the Pulga.

The fire started yesterday morning around 6.30 am and reached 5,000 hectares in three hours, fueled by strong winds, but by the end of the afternoon today the fire had extended to more than 20,000 hectares.

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