If you want to know how bad the Valley Fire in Northern California is, it's "holy sh*t I can't believe the guy shooting this video even made it out" bad.
When we hear about horrible things happening in the news, they can be easy to ignore. Unless it's happening to us or someone we know, we don't quite grasp the gravity of the situation, even when we hear phrases like "23,000 people displaced from homes" and that the fire is "only 5 percent contained." So, if you want to understand how horrifying the Valley Fire currently burning in Northern California is, watch this video. It's so scary, it looks like it was made for an action movie, but it's real. SFist notes:
Such videos are pretty rare given that civilians are usually evacuated well ahead of the scary conditions you see here, with smoke and flames on both sides of the road and smoldering trees. But evacuation orders and plans could not be established fast enough in many cases.
This summer's fires in California have been especially difficult to deal with, due to the state's ongoing drought. If you'd like to donate to help fire victims, ABC 7 has a round-up of options.