7 Year Old Helps Neighbor Escape Squaw Valley Fire

SQUAW VALLEY - SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. -- Some residents in Squaw Valley are without homes. A fire moved quickly through the area.


The Silver Fire started off of Highway 180 near Silver Lane. It has burned 50 acres and has destroyed 3 homes. It is 15% contained. 


A fire moving swiftly through Squaw Valley.


"It was scary when they just got bigger and bigger," Jackson Reynolds, Squaw Valley Resident. 


7 year old Jackson Reynolds saw the fire and quickly sprang into action. 


"There was fire heading up to my neighbors yard so I ran up there hopped the fence and knocked on the door," said Reynolds.


Reynolds told his ederly neighbor to leave and worked to free all of her live stock. 


 "Me and my mom got the bolt cutters and cut the fence to get her cows out," said Reynolds. 


Jackson's neighbors home burnt to the ground soon after that. 


Crews arrived and started fighting with bulldozers, aircraft and hand crews. The wind causing it to move quickly. 


"People underestimate that with temps dropping that the threat to fires has decreased but wind compensates for lack of temperature," said Ryan Michaels, Cal Fire. 


7 year old Jackson, a young hero just following his instincts to save a life.


"The rest of my family started crying but I just sat there watching the fire," said Reynolds. 


The cause is still under investigation. 

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