This Father-Son Duo Miraculously Escaped A Forest Fire In The Most Daring Way
Sometimes, fear can be too paralyzing to act in the middle of a disaster. However, terror wasn’t about to stop this father and son from escaping a forest fire—by driving directly into it.
Horrific Spread Of Forest Fires
Over the past several months, horrific wild and forest fires have been popping up across the country, but especially on the west coast. Many have forced people out of their homes, destroyed neighborhoods, and upended lives. However, this father-son duo didn’t expect to confront one of these terrifying feats of nature while on a simple camping trip.
On August 11th, 70-year-old Charlie Bilton and his son, Justin, set out to camp at Glacier National Park in Montana. That night, a lightning storm tore through the area and started fires in the massive forest. The next day, the duo was forced to face off with one of the most horrifying situations someone could ever find themselves in.
Trapped By Terrifying Flames
When Charlie and Justin first drove up North MacDonald Trail, the lightning fire was contained to a mere five acres. But 3 hours later, when they decided to head back down the mountain, it was too late to escape. The Howe Ridge Fire had expanded to 2,000 acres, and the pair found themselves completely trapped above the flames.
In a moment of panic, Justin wanted to stay put—but cool-headed Charlie had another idea. He decided that it would be best to hop in the car and dive into the belly of the beast with the hopes of making it to the other side. At first, Justin thought his father was completely bonkers. However, they soon set off into the scary landscape with hopes for a miracle.
Charlie’s Spine-Chilling Decision
As they drove directly towards a horrifying fiery landscape, Justin only grew more anxious. “Dad, what if the car blows up?” he asked. “Then we’re dead,” Charlie replied calmly. “Just keep driving. Not too fast. We’ll be okay.” And while the terrifying fire raging around them didn’t slip inside their vehicle, there were moments where it seemed impossible to get out.
The heat inside of the car intensified the longer they drove through the fiery woods, and Justin feared for the car’s collapse. He nearly gave up hope when they came across a heavy, burning tree in the road. Luckily, the duo managed to reverse the car all the way to a nearby lake for an intense water rescue. It’s nothing short of incredible that the persistent pair survived such a scary, harrowing event!
More in OMG!
This Instagram Star Makes Mesmerizing Scenes Made Only From Books
Books have long been seen as a gateway to another world. Elizabeth Sagan takes that to the next level by creating...November 12, 2018
Cleaning The Oceans May Have Just Become Easier With This Robot-Shark That Preys On Aquatic Waste
Plastic pollution in oceans, lakes, and rivers is no laughing matter. One Dutch company has created a drone to help reduce...November 11, 2018
Rare Emerald Mined In Zambia Measures In At A Whopping 5,655 Carats
Sure, the emerald recently discovered in Zambia would make a sparkly addition to any necklace or engagement ring. The thing is,...November 10, 2018
Woman Posts Photos Of Herself In Different Pant Sizes To Show That Size Doesn’t Matter
The fashion industry is different for women than it is for men. Women’s pants often come without pockets, after all, in...November 9, 2018
World’s First Foldable Smartphone Debuts
Have you dreamt about being able to fold your smartphone? A small company named Royole managed to beat Samsung and other...November 9, 2018
In Photos: Surprising Things That Can Only Be Found In Dubai
Dubai is now known as a bustling cosmopolitan center in the Persian Gulf, and it doesn’t seem to be letting up...November 8, 2018
Common Misconceptions About Popular Foods Debunked
You don’t have to consider yourself a foodie to be an expert on certain foods. However, there are some widely accepted...November 7, 2018
Late Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Vowed Give $30 Million To The Seattle Homeless
Even after his passing, Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, will continue to put his hard earned money to great use. Through...November 7, 2018
Photos Of The Latest Falcon 9 Rocket Launch That Are Out-Of-This-World Spectacular
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… UFO? In early October, everyone was trying to figure out what caused a...November 6, 2018