The smoke from the flames was so blinding that drivers couldn’t see where they were going. Good Samaritan Gerald Contreras came to their rescue.
He directed motorists to escape through a torn down fence, and he was even able to record the drama that unfolded near Sacramento, California.
“They had no idea what was going on,” he told Inside Edition. “You could see the fear on their face.”
Watch the video above to see more from the front lines of the California wildfires.
Additional reporting by Carly Bagingito.