Harrowing drive through wildfire captured on video

A YouTube user known as mulletFive filmed his escape through the Valley Fire wildfire northwest of Sacramento this past weekend. Normally, we only get to see the after effects of a wildfire, but the three separate videos seen here show what it's like to be inside of one.

The hellish landscape surrounding the car was recorded as the man behind the camera fled Anderson Springs, CA. The result is a nail-biting drive down roads flanked by fiery trees and sudden fireballs. The footage was taken at around 8:30 pm Saturday night, when the 50-acre wildfire was quickly spreading into a 50,000-acre inferno, according to Popular Mechanics. mulletFive explained in the comments section of the videos why they were so late to evacuate the area.

"We are the last house at the very back of the Springs, down in a gulch," mulletFive wrote. "There was no smoke or ash coming our way, and there were no sirens or air support nearby, so we honestly didn't know how close it was."

As of this morning the two wild fires burning in Northern California have killed at least one person and destroyed at least 720 homes. The fires are threatening thousands of other structures, the Associated Press reports. Luckily, mulletFive made it out of the fire to safety. Trying to get through a wild fire is extremely dangerous. Falling debris can disable cars or trap motorists on the road, making their vehicles just another piece of kindling.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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