Two TV news storm chasers rescued a man stuck in the rapidly spreading Oklahoma wildfires this week with no time to spare — and caught it all on camera.
Val and Amy Castor, a couple that works for local station KWTV, were reporting on the fire when they spotted county worker Jason Perks frantically attempting to move his road grader out of a ditch as flames approached. They didn't stop filming as they cheered him on from afar, urging, "C'mon, guy, get out!" and chanting, "Hurry up, hurry up."
"I've seen a lot of fires. I've never seen a fire move as fast as this one did," Val Castor later told a KWTV anchor. "I'm thinking he's going to be in trouble in just a minute if he didn't get out of there ... my window of opportunity to go in there and get him was getting smaller and smaller."
Perks freed himself and sprinted to the Castors' truck. They let him in, "slammed it in reverse and took off almost like I was running from a tornado," Val Castor added.
All three survived, as did the road grader. "I was just hoping not to burn up," Perks told "Good Morning America" afterward. "I didn't really have time to be too scared."
Officials have asked hundreds of residents to evacuate as a result of the fires, which have advanced across Oklahoma and Kansas due to strong, dry winds, the Weather Channel reported. Firefighters from four counties were working to control the flames across 200 acres. No injuries had been reported as of Wednesday morning, according to ABC News.
"This is a fluid situation with fire conditions continuing to worsen, and we can’t emphasis enough how important it is for everyone to be extremely careful with anything that could cause a spark," George Geissler, the director of Oklahoma Forestry Services, said in a Tuesday news release.