Dash cam video shot during the Valley Fire released

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has released dash cam video shot during the early hours of the Valley Fire. Deputies struggled while the fire was spreading very rapidly to notify and evacuate residents. Four homeowners were killed and four CAL FIRE firefighters were entrapped and seriously burned in the fire that burned 76,000 acres and 1,200 homes in three counties 62 miles north of San Francisco.

At one point in the video you see deputies Rob Rumfelt and Kalen Brockwalder race toward a burning car, but had to turn back due to the intensity of the flames.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Dash cam video shot during the Valley Fire released”

  1. the video appears to start about 38.779537, -122.572787 and goes back in forth between there and 38.763209, -122.599394 over a 2 or 3 mile distance
    interesting …

    thanks, and ditto on the kudos. anyone who ever doubted the effect of wind spreading embers …

  2. Excellent video, kudos to the Lake Co. SO for releasing it. I have not watched all of it. But from what I can tell this is a very good first hand account of what first responders see and go through.


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