A woman from Santa Rosa escaped the devastating wildfires on a bicycle with her 70 lb pit bull on her back.
“I would never part ways with my dog, never,” Natasha Wallace said to reporters. The Santa Rosa Junior College soccer player had been studying on campus until 2:00 AM. She saw the blaze in the distance on her way home.
“Everything was grey, everything was destroyed, and it went for miles,” she explained. Natasha rushed home in her Honda to save Bentley, her beloved 4-year-old pit bull. Within minutes the pair was trapped between other cars.
The flames were approaching faster than Natasha could move through traffic, so she doubled back before the fire reached her home. The industrious young woman grabbed her bicycle and a large duffel bag. With Bentley in the duffel bag on her back, Natasha fled the wildfire a second time.
After a few miles a man named Paul Johnson stopped his truck and offered Natasha and Bentley a ride.
The wildfire completely destroyed her home and all of her possessions. Despite suffering a tremendous loss, Natasha says she’s still just happy to be alive. “I don’t know how to express how grateful I am,” she told reporters.
Hear her full interview in the video below.
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