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Episode 7: Trapped by Fire, He Texts Goodbye
When a man driving through the mountains is caught in a forest fire, he only has a minute to write a goodbye text to his mother
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Driving through the Rocky Mountains usually means spectacular views and up-close encounters with wildlife. But on the wrong stretch of road at the wrong time of year, it can also mean coming face-to-face with deadly wildfires. Robert Craig found himself trapped by flames and didn’t think he would escape — until, suddenly, a stranger arrived.

We also speak to Tony Briggs, regional chief executive officer for the American Red Cross*122 Central California Region. Tony discusses what to do if you find yourself caught in a wildfire, how to prepare yourself and your home in case you must evacuate, and what should be in a go bag.

About this episode’s guests

Robert Craig
Robert loves camping and canoeing and has been fortunate enough to do both throughout Canada.

Jan Polderman
Jan (second from right) has been mayor of the Village of Lytton since 2018 and previously served as a councilor. He has operated a business in the community for over thirty years.

Tony Briggs
Tony serves as the regional chief executive officer for the American Red Cross Central California Region, a role in which he oversees all Red Cross service deliveries in 11 California counties for over 4.2 million residents.

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