After a summer that engulfed the Pacific Northwest in wildfire after wildfire, flames are still leaping across North America. A blaze in Fort McMurray, Alberta is the latest of the destructive infernos. While there are no shortage of footage of the flames, one live clip of a reporter on the scene demonstrates just how fast these fires can move.
As Global News reporter Reid Fiest was , the flames took a sudden and scary leap toward a main highway. The fire seems to be content just raging along up on the hill, but you can spot the sudden expansion just about 25 seconds in:
This isn't just a demonstration of the awesome fury of nature; it's also a cautionary tale of why you should avoid roads that are near a fire at all costs. Over the course of last summer, numerous videos emerged showing first-person views of what it was like to drive through hell on the way to safety, and this clip of how fast a fire can spread only makes them more terrifying in hindsight.
It should serve as all the evidence you need to know that evacuating early is the smartest course of action should you find yourself even possibly in the vicinity of one of these blazes. What with and still in embarrassingly early stages, these fires seem unlikely to stop any time soon.