(STORYFUL/AP) - A father and son had a miraculous escape from a wildfire in Glacier National Park in Montana on August 12, when they were forced to drive through the flames, dodging debris and enduring an increasingly hot car.
Justin Bilton shared the video on Facebook with the following post:
"We were camped 2.5 up the North Macdonald Trail when we saw the then small Howe Ridge Fire began to spread from 5 acres to over 2,000 in a matter of hours. We hiked back to the car to get out where it was parked at the end of a dead end road. We had just driven this road (safely) 3 hours before to get in and it was our only way out, apart from trying to stay ahead of the fire on foot. After we were stopped by the downed tree, we reversed back through all of this and were rescued by two park employees on a boat. They saved our lives."
The video starts with Justin's father saying 'I think we can drive through this.' Justin disagrees, there's some swearing, and they keep driving As the video progresses, it appears the father and son are almost out of the fire and the father even says 'we're out of this fire'.
They weren't. They eventually came up on the downed tree and had to retrace their route before they were eventually rescued. CBS reports that they drove the three hours back to their original campsite and that their car was destroyed in the fire.
The wildfire is forcing evacuations and is burning about a half-mile from the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Protecting the highway through the park is officials' priority, with firefighters installing hoses and sprinklers to prevent it from spreading there, The Missoulian newspaper reported Sunday.
Part of the 50-mile, two-lane road is closed. The road spans the width of the park and crosses the Continental Divide, according to the Visit Montana website