Rescued Thursday

Handout photo of a wildfire is shown from the air near Atlas Road during an operation to rescue people trapped by wildfire in Napa, California

“We saw that it was actually really large, looked like a nuke had gone off or something,” said Gavitte, an 18-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol.

As sirens blared from his helicopter, residents were grabbing their belongings and jumping into their cars to head down Atlas Peak Road, the only way out of the rural community.

But unbeknownst to those on the ground, flames would soon engulf the road, with downed trees and power poles blocking any exit. Over the next few days, the raging fires would kill at least 21 people and destroy 3,500 homes and businesses. Strong, dry winds are expected to fan new outbreaks in coming days.

“We could see pretty well this huge, three-mile and growing line of fire coming toward all these folks that probably couldn’t see it,” Gavitte said. He shined his searchlight on drivers to get their attention and prompt them to stop.


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11 Responses to Rescued Thursday

  1. Den says:

    What a huge mess! See how huge HERE.


  2. Den says:

    NK testing more NUKES today, ugh again.


  3. Micki says:



  4. Micki says:

    I think this link will work…from CALfire site…

    Holy smokes! After opening the link, click on October 2017. Look at the number of active fires!

    It would have been foolhardy for me to take my trip now.

    I hope for everyone’s sake, that this latest nightmare ends soon.


  5. Den says:

    Count Chocula rises whilst I retire, don’t make him angry:


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Up to Banyans’ pavilion for the Waddell & Reed 80th b’day feed. I left before the celebration was more than started. Round trip back home was 80 minutes. Changed into warmest coat, then off for the tuba concert. Home again in the cold, light rain brings the daily total to 109 minutes.

    Day 5: 296+109=405 minutes.


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