Longtime South Lake Tahoe resident Kevin Cooper joined ABC7's Getting Answers to share his experience fleeing from his own home.
"It was very, it was very surreal. Smoke, no sound, traffic," Cooper said.
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On Monday, Cooper told ABC7 he did not intend to leave his Echo Summit home, until the flames got closer. Just one day later, the fire quickly spread by the miles with the wind, inching into the Tahoe basin.
"When the fire came into the basement at Christmas Valley, it was less than seven miles away from our house," he said, " that's just over the pie shop or Twin Peaks from our house."
Cooper says having a prepared a plan A and B helped him and his wife evacuate quickly and more efficiently.
Watch the full interview by clicking the media player above.
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