KTLA Posts Harrowing Video of Reporter, Photographer Escaping Wildfire

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Reporter Steve Kuzj and photographer Victor Vargas rushing to escape the Erskine Fire wildfire.

"You don't realize how fast a fire moves until you're breathing hot, ashy air and the panic starts to set in," photographer Victor Vargas said.

Los Angeles-based television station KTLA on Friday morning posted a video of reporter Steve Kuzj and photographer Victor Vargas rushing to escape the Erskine wildfire barreling down on them late Thursday night. 

The pair had just finished their live shot for the 11 p.m. edition, covering the wildfire that has burned more then 8,000 acres since it sparked Thursday in Lake Isabella, when the video was taken. 

According to KTLA, flames from backfires, "came within about 30 yards of their van."

Kuzj shot video with his cell of the two men scrambling to get away while enormous flames shot up in the background. 

"You don't realize how fast a fire moves until you're breathing hot, ashy air and the panic starts to set in," Vargas said, according to KTLA. It is unclear if the pair had any sort of fire safety gear. 

A request for comment was not immediately returned by KTLA. 

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