Terrifying video shows dad and son's near death drive as they try to escape forest fire

Rodolfo Vieira
Aug 23, 2018
09:31 A.M.

Justin Bilton and his 70-year-old father, Charlie Bilton, barely managed to escape a devastating Montana fire and their journey through the flames was caught on camera.


Father and son were camping at Glacier National Park on August 11 when a lightning storm struck and caused the forest to burst into flames, turning into the Howe Ridge Fire.

The video captured by Justin's cellphone is terrifying and it has found its way to Youtube, gathering almost 700,000 views in just three days.

Justin and Charlie were backpacking through Wyoming and Montana, and Glacier National Park was their final stop. Unfortunately, it could've cost them their lives.

Please follow us on our Twitter account @amomama_usa to learn more.



On August 12, they saw the flames consuming the trees and immediately jumped into their rental car, but the fire proved to be a bigger challenge than they had anticipated.

In the video, Charlie can be heard trying to calm his son by talking in a steady, soft and reassuring voice while Justin is terrified behind the wheel.

Charlie believed that they could drive through the flames if they followed the trail but Justin was worried about a possible explosion; at one point, the son revealed that the car was overheating and that it could blow up.

His father kept his cool and told him to keep driving but not too fast. As the video goes on, visibility becomes worse and embers start hitting the windshield, which made Justin ask God for help.



Eventually, they find a fallen a tree in flames that stops them in their tracks. Charlie suggested moving it with fire-proof gloves but they ultimately decided to go back.

In reverse, they drove back to the trailhead and down to the lake, where they were rescued by two park employees, a ranger and a tour boat captain named Jess Kimball.



As Justing and Charlie sailed away, they saw the rental car being consumed by the flames, much like the rest of the forest. As of Sunday, the Howe Ridge Fire has burned over 7,800 acres in the park.

It is one of the most currently active fires but it is yet to reach the same magnitude as the Carr Fire, which has been considered the sixth most destructive fire in California history.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Little Girl Goes Back into Burning House to Save Her Dog — ‘Heartbreaking,’ Family Says

April 11, 2024

4 Young Siblings & Their Dad Found Dead in Their Home

March 21, 2024

Two Little Boys Die in Tragic Incident after Staying Home Due to School Cancellations amid Frigid Weather

January 24, 2024

Boy, 6, Shields His 3-Year-Old Brother in Attempt to Save Him, But Tragically Both Die Later Side by Side

April 25, 2024

My MIL Would Secretly Give Me Porcelain Dolls Every Christmas — I Was Shocked to Find Out Their True Purpose

May 02, 2024

My MIL Would Secretly Give Me Porcelain Dolls Every Christmas — I Was Shocked to Find Out Their True Purpose

April 04, 2024

Nephew Started Kitchen Fire at My Vacation Home & My Brother Refused to Pay For It - I Decided to Set a New Rule

February 21, 2024

'Emily's Been Keeping a Big Lie from You All This Time': Mother-in-Law Reveals a Secret Under Anesthesia

February 12, 2024

Woman Receives Message From Her Late Son’s Phone — Story of the Day

May 30, 2024

Final Chilling Words of Pilot before Air France Jet Crashed in the Sea Killing 228 People Disclosed

April 23, 2024

I Sent My Daughter to My Mother for Summer, Soon I Learned My Mom Died and Daughter Disappeared – Story of the Day

February 20, 2024

Rich Man Takes a Girl Away from a Poor Guy, Life Punishes Him – Story of the Day

January 26, 2024

Woman Approaches Little Boy on Street and Learns He Needs Help — Story of the Day

February 21, 2024

How Justin & Hailey Bieber's Future Baby Could Look — AI-Generated Pics

May 16, 2024