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VIDEO: Bodycam footage shows Sonoma deputy frantically evacuating residents

Posted at 7:26 AM, Oct 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-14 11:07:53-04

(KGTV) - Newly released body camera footage shows the challenges first responders face while working to evacuate and save residents during the horrific wildfires burning in Northern California.

The footage from a Sonoma Sheriff's Department deputy rushing through falling ash was captured as the deputy was frantically making sure residents were evacuated from the area.

The deputy, coughing at points as he runs through the thick smoke, runs to assist a family fleeing from the fires before jumping into his vehicle.

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The scene is just one of many playing out across Northern California as residents are forced from their homes by wildfires ravaging the area.

At least 33 people have died due to the fires and hundreds of people have been reported missing. Thousands of homes have also been destroyed and continue to be threatened.