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Woman recounts Camp Fire escape through a book

A Chico woman who lost her Magalia home to the Camp Fire has released a book recounting her frightful experience escaping the flames.

Posted: Sep 15, 2019 6:39 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2019 9:17 AM

CHICO, Calif. - A Chico woman who lost her Magalia home to the Camp Fire has released a book called "The Sound of the Snow Geese" recounting her frightful experience escaping the flames.

Dax Meredith is a teacher, an author, and a single mother of two boys.

She remembers November 8, 2018 like it was yesterday.

"My son was home sick my oldest son, so I called my mom and said hey can you take my youngest to school and drop him off so I can stay home," Meredith said. 

At 8:30 a.m. Meredith noticed ash falling from the sky.

She knew she and her son had to get out fast.

"We made calls to neighbors and my grandmother who lived up there because really I don't think anyone knew ahead of time how bad it was and we needed to get out," Meredith said.

Meredith and her kids headed down the Skyway.

"We got just to the intersection of Skyway and Pentz and traffic was stopped," Meredith said. "That was kind of my first moment of somethings not right, traffic should be moving."

When they got to the Clark Road intersection, sheriff's deputies told them to get out of their car.

"We hear this firefighter yelling to everyone in this huge voice. 'Get over here come this way. everybody come over here'," Meredith said.

Dax, her son, and about 150 others took cover on a cement slab.

"He tells us there's no way out. Heres the plan you're going to lay down on the cement. You're going to cover yourself with whatever you have. You're going to breathe into whatever you have. If needed, choppers will dump water on us to keep us alive so your body needs to brace for impact," Meredith said.

When Action News Now reporter Jafet Serrato asked Meredith if she believed she was going to die, she responded with "I had made my peace to it, it was really hard because I'm thinking my youngest son is going to lose his mom his brother and his puppy all at once. Sometimes you don't get a choice."

However, they survived and now her family is living in Chico.

If you are interested in knowing where to get the book, CLICK HERE.

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