Matty McDermott, a Sonoma resident, desperately searched for an escape as the fires surrounded the area he lived in near Northern California. He then tumbled on a remarkable tree that was burning from the inside out, like in a horror movie set.
Smoke was coming out of the top of the tree and fire flickered through several gaps in the tree. McDermott said it was an unbelievable sight on what was an unbelievable day, as he crisscrossed the roads trying to find the best way out of the fiery madness
“I’ve definitely not seen anything like this before,” McDermott, who’s lived in Sonoma for 10 years, told CNN. “We wanted to know the escape routes in case we needed them. The route to Poloma was open. I just stopped on the side of the road and the whole ridge is on fire.”
McDermott said while he was out checking the roads he bought masks — all the smoke from the fires has turned the air toxic in the Bay Area — and passed them out to whomever needed it. He also said his parents and other relatives who live in the area are safe.
Does this look normal to you?