This is the road-to-hell moment a hero US deputy sheriff drives through a terrifying wildfire and says: “I don’t wanna f*****g die in this.”
The deputy, Brittan Morgan, had been evacuating people living in the path of an out-of-control blaze sweeping through Elk, in the US state of Washington.
Astonishingly, he had forgotten to turn off his bodycam and his bosses at Spokane County Sheriff’s Office released the footage to show just what he had to endure.
At one point in the extraordinary footage, Morgan is seen driving his police SUV through what looks like a tunnel of flames.
After the inferno jumped the forest road, flames can be seen shooting up on either side of him.
Above him, a thick shower of white-hot sparks flies through the air.
As he speeds through the flames, Morgan is heard shouting to himself: “I don’t wanna f*****g die in this!”
As he drives on, he comes to another patrol car being manned by a colleague, named only as Deputy Nave, and follows him out of the blaze.
As he drives on towards safety he shouts: “Hurry up Nave, Holy… that was scary.”.
Later, he is seen greeting a man who had at first refused to flee the fire and tells him where to go to get further away.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, who titled the footage Driving Through Hell On Earth, said they wanted people to see the courage of their officers.
They said: “The drive through the fire is exactly what they all went through as it happened.
“Deputy Morgan did not realise his camera was still on as he talked himself through this extremely terrifying moment.
“Clearly he is not sure how it would end.”
The fire has apparently burned 11,000 acres of land near Elk in Washington and also destroyed more than 100 homes and hundreds of outbuildings.