A couple caught up in the California wildfires filmed their terrifying escape from a raging inferno.
Andre Epstein and Neda Monshat were lucky to be woken up in the middle of the night by a neighbor who’d seen flames lapping toward their community in Redwood Valley, Mendocino County.
They spent 20 minutes searching for their car keys before making a dash for the exit.
Neda told SFGATE: ‘The worst part wasn’t the drive — it was looking for the keys. We looked up every few minutes and saw the fire blowing towards us.’
Their scary escape was caught on camera.
They filmed themselves weaving between fires on either side of the road. The couple could hardly see anything because of the thick smoke, and embers flew onto their windscreen.
At one point, Andre is heard saying: ‘I don’t know if this is even safe to drive through babe.’
Andre said: ‘It was just like a hell-scape. I was just worried the car was going to blow up.’
The California wildfire death toll has now climbed to 31. That exceeds the number of fatalities in the 1933 Griffith Park Fire — the deadliest fire since.
Half of those killed were in Sonoma County, which has been hit the hardest.
Firefighters continue to battle more than 20 blazes across the state. Flames have torn through nearly 200,000 acres of land and has destroyed 3,500 buildings in its way.
More than 20,000 people have been forced to evacuate and hundreds are still reported missing.
Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano. He initially said around 670 were unaccounted for, but 100 have since been found — and that number is changing by the hour.
Napa Valley’s famed vineyards and wineries have also fallen victim to the flames.
At least four wineries belonging to the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) have suffered total or very significant losses, and around nine other members reported damage to their winery, outbuildings or surrounding vineyards.