"There was nobody stopping us on the highway as we got closer and closer, so we thought it was totally safe for us to drive past it," Maks told CNN. "As we started getting closer, I decided to record the fire we saw next to us, as I had never seen this before."
What she recorded was jaw-dropping. The fire raged on the hillside as the family drove through the heat. Sparks and burning brush hit their car. At one point someone says in Dutch "we will catch fire!" Maks said the frightening ordeal lasted only a few seconds, but it felt much longer. "It was terrifying. We were very lucky. In a worst-case scenario, our car could have exploded," Maks told CNN. By Sunday the fire was 70 percent contained, according to Yahoo. The fire spread over 1,200 acres before it was under control.
This isn't the first time we've seen a California wildfire up close and personal through the window of a car. While pointing a camera at a scene like this can indeed produce some amazing footage, surely the safer course of action would be to turn around and find an alternate route to your destination.