Caltrans Supervisor Helps Mother and Children Get Past Flames on Highway 20
From Caltrans District 1:
From Honalee Newman via Facebook:
“Today we had a very close call while driving across hwy 20, … the fire jumped over hwy 20 and was burning on both sides of us… suddenly the flames were all around the car, the smoke was so thick I couldn’t see. Suddenly, a knock on my window, a Caltrans guy, “follow me!” I’m so thankful for him, and I wish I knew his name. He saved this Mama and three kids today! “
See her full post here: https://www.facebook.com/honalee.newman/posts/10215538456208530
Mike said he was working on Highway 20 about 3 miles east of Buffalo Ranch when the fire was really starting to pick up momentum. The smoke was so thick he pulled over because he could not see the road. He called CHP to have them help close the road and right after that the fire jumped the highway and was burning on both sides. He spotted a tanker truck and helped guide it out because he was concerned about the flammable gasoline on board. Then he came back down the road and found Honalee Newman’s car pulled over. When he got out of his truck to walk over to her window he felt the heat and realized the true intensity of the flames. Even though he could barely see the road, he drove in front of her to guide her out through the fire.
Thank you for your dedication Mike! Mike joins the ranks of many people stepping up to help in this challenging time. Thank you to all the fire crews and first responders doing heroic things every day.