That Car Will Smell Forever: Driving Through A Wildfire

September 16, 2015

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This is a video from a family escaping a wildfire in Lake County, California. The fire destroyed 95-square miles, claimed one life, destroyed hundreds of homes, and displaced some 13,000 residents. That is awful. This is what it looked like driving through the fire while the family made their escape. It is pretty terrifying. Now might be a good time to start living a better life unless this is the exact sort of the trip you want to make after you die.

Hit the jump for the video, you can read more about the family's experience and help them out HERE.

Thanks to hairless, who, God willing, is hairless by choice and not because of fire.

  • I smell like that all the time.

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  • Dave

    Insane... Lucky a tree did not fall in the road... Being stuck in the middle of a forest fire would not be good!

  • Ben

    Even while facing certain danger, still drives with his cell phone in hand! U-S-A! U-S-A!

  • GeneralDisorder

    Ah, the Smokey Bear effect! Who would have thought 100 years ago that reducing forest fires would cause bigger more destructive forest fires? Seriously. That's an extremely paradoxical claim to make. But... it's true. Small fires eliminate small underbrush and keep the forest floor clear of the highly flammable and massively destructive leaf litter and pine needles and branches and so forth. By stopping those fires we turned the forests into a powder keg ready to blow.

  • C-Basstian

    That guy was really reaaaaallllly lucky his tires didn't pop from the heat. Anybody see that wildfire jump over a highway and burn up the cars sitting in traffic? Toast..

  • GeneralDisorder

    Fire is not sentient nor magical.

    Tires are usually good for significantly higher pressure than you normally run them. After all the pressure increases as tires heat up from the road.

    The low speed due to visibility and constant movement would help prevent a rogue spark from burning the tire. Obviously there's the other issue of debris and such but hey... he survived long enough to upload the video. Or at least the camera's SD card survived that long.

  • C-Basstian

    No duh it's not sentient... What I'm specifically talking about is not rogue sparks from burning through his tire. I'm talking about the temperature of the concrete. Ever been in an oven? Or perhaps one that is made of a burning forest? The ground would be very hot. Hot enough to melt rubber. I'm sure his tires showed signs of damage. Yellow stone national park had to repave some of their roads because the melted without having a forest fire. Not a stretch to see how this could have gone badly and ended up as a liveleak video.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Don't take my ramblings the wrong way. I'm not giving the driver any semblance of credit for intelligence. Even if it is a pretty interesting video, he's totally stupid for attempting.

    However, heat rises. The heat that goes into the road surface would get radiated through the concrete or asphalt into the ground below. It's likely not gonna be hundreds of degrees or anything. At any rate the only source I can find for the flash point of vulcanized rubber is roughly 500 to 600 degrees F. Failure points would be something between 200F and 350F.

    He probably needed new tires after making that drive. He may have needed new tires about 15 seconds into the fire zone. But clearly the driver isn't all that concerned with safety.

    The melting point of asphalt is pretty low but the aggregate within doesn't really melt until you reach lava temperatures. Anyway, there have been instances where asphalt roads were destroyed in the summer sun. So it's not that impressive that nearby fire destroyed the road surface.

    In the end, I wouldn't drive my vehicle through a fire like that. I'm afraid of dying and I'm further afraid of dying in fire.

  • Robert Quiett

    I grew up in the area where the fire was and still live not far from it. The driver had no choice as that was the only road out of the area he was in. It was either drive out of there like he did or die at his home.

    Most people had moments to grab what they could and flee this fire.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Thanks. That clears up why this video exists.

  • Isaac King

    I agree, why were they not driving in the middle of the road? Who is going to be driving the other way?

  • Big McLargehuge

    "Enjoy a drive through scenic Hell"

  • Bling Nye

    "Oh, and the A/C's busted... in fact, we'll need to run the heater on full blast because the radiator doesn't work well and the truck will overheat if we don't.... and the driver is literally sh!ting his pants every few minutes due to his Taco Bell Only diet..... this is Hell after all. Enjoy!"

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