With only minutes to escape a devastating wildfire in California, Natasha Wallace grabbed the most important thing to her: a 70-pound dog named Bentley.
Wallace, a college student, had been on campus when the fire broke out. Shortly after 1 a.m., she neared her home and saw a wall of fire blazing across the freeway. After stopping to glimpse the phenomena for a second, she realized she needed to get out of the element’s  way before it was too late. Wallace told The Dodo: “It was like a flamethrower. I knew how fast the fire was going. It was really scary.”
As soon as she reached her house, Wallace hurriedly packed a few bags. With Bentley and her things in the car, she then took off. Due to horrendous traffic, however, they were trapped in the neighborhood. That’s when she decided to do something drastic.
“I sat in my car for about …