A Colorado father is breathing a lot easier today after saving his family from the fast spreading wildfire that surrounded their home.
According to the state’s Forest Service, the 6-square mile blaze was started last week when a few embers went rogue from a controlled burn to reduce vegetation.
Lower North Fork resident and father of three, Doug Gulick, told KWGN news that his family received a call from authorities Monday afternoon that informed them of a mandatory evacuation effective immediately.
“I’m shocked we didn’t get that warning at all until 5 (p.m.) and 15 minutes later, our road was barely impassable,” Doug told KWGN.
Doug’s wife, Kim Olson, told reporters that she had called 911 several times to report that the family had been smelling smoke and were concerned. But those authorities seemed unfazed.
“The third time I called I got to dispatch again. The woman was very rude,” Olson told the television station. “She’s really rude and she said there’s nothing going on. You’ve got to stop calling.”
Minutes later, a viral video was born as 13-year old Caleb Gulick used his cellphone to film the mad dash for survival from the passenger seat of the vehicle driven by his father.
In the video, flames can be seen devouring the forest surrounding the road they are on. In front of them, a vehicle driven by Olson hits the brakes and stops once and we hear the terror in daughter Rhoanabella Gulick’s voice.
“”Where’s mom? What she stopping for?,” the young girl cries.
The entire scene is a harrowing one which mirrors closely the classic depictions of Hell itself: a land awash in a sea of fire with no apparent way out.
Still, a minute and change after the video begins, the darkness does indeed lift.
And dad’s voice is pure relief when he tells his kids, “We’re out.”