I almost BURNED ALIVE fighting California wildfires | Firefighter on fighting forest fires

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Published on 14 Oct 2021, 15:00
AS another terrifying wildfire tears through California, engulfing 8,000 acres and causing mass evacuations, one Brit will remember the moment he was nearly burned alive.

Ordinarily, Andy Elliott, a firefighter from Dorset, would be across the pond to help to tackle some of America's most devastating blazes.

But due to travel restrictions, he's unable to join the 200 firefighters charged with putting out the Alisal fire, in Santa Barbara, which broke out on Monday.

Strong winds blowing up to 70mph and dry wood that acted as a tinderbox for the flames have only worsened what was already described as a "hectic fire season".

Andy knows these conditions all too well from his 38 years as a firefighter - especially while tackling the 2015 Valley Fire in Lake County, California, which almost claimed his life.

He spoke exclusively to The Sun about the terrifying clash between man and a terrifying inferno.

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