Father sings to calm three-year-old daughter as they escape in California wildfires

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2018

Powerful video footage has emerged of a dad singing to his daughter as they attempt to escape the wildfires that are now raging in California. Almost the entire town of Paradise, where the Camp Fire is wreaking havoc, was wiped out, according to officials.

The Camp Fire has the grisly distinction of matching the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles - until now the single deadliest wildfire on record, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Thousands of Butte County residents fled their homes after the devastating Camp Fire took hold on Thursday.

"There's so much fire".

Joe Allen was escaping from the town of Paradise with his daughter Olivia-who recently turned three-while his wife Whitney drove their eight-month-old daughter in another vehicle.

"But we're going to get on fire", Olivia is heard saying in the background but Joe quickly reassures her that they are going to be safe. We're going to stay away from it and we'll be just fine OK.

Whitney Allen told KTVU that her husband's military training helped him stay calm in high-pressure situations. She went on to say, "At one point we both thought we weren't going to make it out".

At the southern end of the state, where the "Woolsey Fire" is threatening mansions and mobile homes alike in the coastal celebrity redoubt of Malibu, the death toll has been limited to two victims found in a vehicle on a private driveway.

Moments later the flames are gone and the embers are no longer visible and Joe calmly tells Olivia: "Look, we're past it, we're out of it, OK". Allen says, audibly relieved.

At least 11 people have died and 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in California after monstrous wild fires engulfed the state.

Throughout the clip the father-of-two remains really calm while talking to his daughter, although you can see that he is starting to get nervous in the traffic. As her dad responds, "we did it together".

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