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Terrifying moment when two California hikers realize they’re stranded as wildfires rage around

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Two hikers thought they would die after getting stuck on a mountain when a forest fire broke out on either side of them.

Matt Bishop and Steve Cooper were hiking Baring Mountain, Washington State, when they first saw smoke and then the massive conflagration that raged in front of them.

The couple tried to contact emergency services but were told the area they were in was too dangerous for search and rescue teams to reach them on Saturday.

In a video on their YouTube channel, Paths Least Taken, they wanted to show how they ended up “putting their lives in danger.”

Fires in the area they were hiking are extremely rare due to rain and milder temperatures, so the couple were caught off guard during their 6-hour hike.

Facing the fire, they attempted to descend the mountain before being surrounded by thick smoke and high temperatures.

Steve said, “It was definitely one of those moments where you thought, this is it, we’re probably not going to make it.”

Matt Bishop, left, and Steve Cooper, right, were both hiking Bolt Creek when they realized they were surrounded by flames on Saturday

A fire in Fairview, pictured, killed Ian Matthew Compton and his daughter Mikayla Porter.  They were found dead in their car while trying to escape the flames while Compton's wife Tina suffered severe burns

A fire in Fairview, pictured, killed Ian Matthew Compton and his daughter Mikayla Porter. They were found dead in their car while trying to escape the flames while Compton’s wife Tina suffered severe burns

Sacramento firefighters still fight mosquito fire that has spread to nearly 65 square miles with 10 percent containment

Sacramento firefighters still fight mosquito fire that has spread to nearly 65 square miles with 10 percent containment

They both joked that they hoped viewers would see the video or that it meant they “didn’t make it” before adding “we’re going to try and get out of here before we burn to death.”

They managed to descend the mountain, with Matt nearly losing his footing atop a 200-foot cliff.

In the video, Steve added: “The fire is starting to approach us, everything is completely on fire.

“When that fire hit that ridge, it was hot, extremely hot.

“If it’s a red flag warning, you probably shouldn’t go into the mountains. It’s a bad idea.

“If there’s smoke, or any sign of smoke, probably just turn around and don’t go for a walk.”

Both men, experienced hikers, chose a path along a stream in the hope that this would be the safest route, and managed to make it back to their jeeps safely.

It is just one of several fires currently raging across the US, including massive fires in California, Idaho and Oregon.

Last week, a father and daughter were killed while fleeing one of five California wildfires.

Emergency services were unable to help the hikers as they became trapped, while helicopters helped put out the blaze

Emergency services were unable to help the hikers as they became trapped, while helicopters helped put out the blaze

The mosquito fire has so far burned 46,587 acres, with more than 5,800 buildings in Placer and El Dorado counties under threat

The mosquito fire has so far burned 46,587 acres, with more than 5,800 buildings in Placer and El Dorado counties under threat

Steve said,

Steve said, “It was definitely one of those moments where you thought, this is it, we’re probably not going to make it.” They attempted to call for help at Bolt Creek, pictured, but were trapped due to the speed at which the fire spread.

The fires killed two other people, as well as Ian Matthew Compton and his daughter Mikayla Porter.

They were found dead in their car on Tuesday while trying to escape the Fairview Fire in Hemet, in which Compton’s wife Tina suffered severe burns.

Firefighters in Sacramento are still fighting a mosquito blaze that has spread to nearly 65 square miles at 10 percent containment.

It has burned 46,587 acres so far, with more than 5,800 buildings in Placer and El Dorado counties under threat.

There are more than 14,000 residents in the areas under evacuation order, and many homes are being burned down.

Firefighters say the cooler temperatures and lack of wind have helped, but the vegetation is dry and burns easily.

Another deadly fire is the Mill Fire in Weed, 280 miles north of San Francisco, with authorities confirming it has been contained 90 percent.

It has burned 3,935 acres as firefighters continue to fight the blaze and areas are quiet under evacuation warnings.

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