I have told the story about how I almost died covering the Oakland Hills fire back in the 90's. It was one a few times that I thought I was going to die while covering TV news.
The one thing you learn covering wildfires is just how fast they move. One minute you are looking at the fire burning in the distance and the next minute it's right on top of you.
KOVR Reporter Lemor Abrams and Photographer Jeff Bell learned that lesson the hard way.
The two were covering the Carr Fire near Redding when the flames came a bit too close for comfort.
We’re safe now. Had no warning this blaze was even close to the road. The trees were on fire miles away. We stopped for some distant flame shots. And in a matter of seconds- this happened. Firefighters always tell us about this #newnormal. #California is so dry - it’s burning faster and more ferociously than ever before. We covered the massive #Napa & #Sonoma fires last year. But this one - the #CarrFire in #Redding... is unreal. @cbssacramento #lifeofanewsreporter #Cbs #cawildfires
After they escaped that scene, they had some more bad luck. The news truck died.
We escaped the #CarrFire and got to a safer location for our 4p live shot. Or so we thought. It was 114 degrees in #Redding #California and our news truck decided to stop working. The last thing we needed was to run into technical difficulties on a burning hillside! @jtothebphotography tried everything in his power to fix the problem. But those trucks can be stubborn. Thank you so much #CHP for getting us out of harms way. And to #CalFire for all the unbelievable work you do. Risking your lives so we can get home safely. There are no words 🙏 #cawildfires #fireseason #lifeofanewsreporter