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Terrifying Body Cam Footage Shows Deputy Driving Through Raging California Wildfire

As a wildfire closed in and thick smoke clogged the air, the sky an angry red, the sheriff’s deputy told a dispatcher that the road he was on had become “nearly impassable.” Yet, the officer’s job was not yet done. He still had residents to rescue.

In body camera footage released Friday by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy drives around the Mark West Road area of Santa Rosa, California, dodging flames and conducting door-to-door evacuations as the deadly and devastating Tubbs fire began to overwhelm the region in the early part of the week.

“I think it really tells the story of how dangerous and how difficult the event was,” Sonoma Sheriff Robert Giordano said at a press conference, referring to the harrowing footage, according to CBS News. “It’s absolutely human and it’s very real and very honest and transparent.”

At one point in the video, the officer ― identified by CBS as Sgt. Brandon Cutting ― is seen stopping by the house of a woman with a disability and helping a fellow deputy rescue her and her husband.

Cutting shouted “Sheriff’s Office! Sheriff’s Office!” as he rushed from home to home urging people to head for safety, and yelled for drivers to “Go! Go! Go!” He’s also heard coughing, cursing and panting in exertion. As he drives his vehicle, the body cam footage shows how close the encroaching flames got to his car; at several points, orange sparks can be seen raining down on his windshield.

“While it’s only one deputy’s video, it is representative of all the deputies who helped evacuate people that night,” the sheriff’s office said on Facebook of the footage. “While we don’t usually provide bodyworn camera footage, the Sheriff believes this footage is crucial in helping our community understand how dangerous these fires are right now.”

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  • Howard Nelson October 16, 2017, 5:46 PM

    Some to the fire run
    Some from the fire run
    Some somehow they must serve
    Some somehow find the nerve
    Some find their duty’s always done.

    Some in fire are annealed
    Some in mystery are healed.
    All are blessed, all fates now sealed
    The lost, the found, all heaven bound.

  • Tom Hyland October 16, 2017, 6:29 PM

    In these surreal times which bring one unbelievable disaster after another… DON’T BELIEVE… at least don’t believe what the swine at the msm are telling you. ALWAYS seek the conspiracy and everything will make more sense. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_YgQB8Rsww

  • Casey Klahn October 16, 2017, 10:05 PM

    Bullshit, Tom. Fucking trees burn on the inside all of the time. The interior is punk, or decayed, because it’s old growth. Also, it’s dry. It is a fucking furnace. The video lady is all about those, isn’t she?

  • tim October 17, 2017, 8:34 AM

    It’s hard to see but at one point in the background you can see Colin Kaepernick helping people evacuate.

  • PermanentCaliEvacuee October 17, 2017, 10:20 AM

    Good one, Tim!
    These (certified) first responders are some of the bravest people in our society, those who head to danger when others run from it, and it makes me damn pizzed to see the kneelers disrespect them. We happened to be 35 miles from Santa Rosa when the fires broke out about 2:30 am and they spread fast and furious. We could smell the smoke in the house during the night and saw it fill the sky by morning.

  • Uncle Jefe October 17, 2017, 10:26 AM

    That’s some military-grade insanity there, Tom.
    I’m still watching this burn across from me in the hills.
    My folks got to go back to their home (lucky ones; neighborhoods around them are all ash) two days ago…my cousins are still evacuated in Sonoma.
    I was under evacuation advisory until Sunday, packed and ready since Wednesday.
    Over 100 people I know have lost their homes.
    You want to find causes here, one of the main ones is 50 years of government not letting smaller fires burn to reduce fuel loads (and a massive reduction in controlled burns).
    That’s also why we have sudden oak death and bark beetle infestations killing our forests (and, again, creating huge fuel loads).
    Throw in 60 mph winds with up to 80 mph gusts, and the fires creating their own weather, and you get a firestorm. Oh, and did we forget that prior to last year, this area was in extreme drought, and that the trees have yet to recover?
    Almost the exact same fire burned through Calistoga to Santa Rosa in 1964. The ONLY difference is that most of the areas that suffered death and property loss this time were not populated in 1964.
    This was certainly man-made to an extent, but due to lousy policy rather than gubmint conspiracy.

  • Soviet of Washington October 17, 2017, 6:19 PM

    UDub Environmental Science professor and blogger Cliff Mass thinks that the largest factor was the unique wind event (mountain-wave windstorm).


  • Fuel Filter October 18, 2017, 6:52 AM

    Gee, golly, gosh: where are all the resident cop-haters now?

    Or is this guy simply a one-off that goes against the grain Of 99.9% of the rest of this nation’s LEOs?

    It must be hard to maintain a narrative when stories like this bubble up.

    Talk about cognitive dissonance…

  • Uncle Jefe October 18, 2017, 9:09 AM

    This is a very interesting read regarding fire suppression from an economic perspective, especially in regard to the wildland-urban interface.