(RENO COUNTY, Kan.) — Mandy Thompson got her three dogs and two kids to safety, before frantically filling her car with belongings.
"I just wanted to get everything out, animals, pictures, clothes," Thompson said.
Time was running out as flames and smoke march toward her house.
"It's right behind the house, in the trees," said Thompson.
A group of concerned neighbors and friends gather to figure out how they can help. Firefighters from three different counties weren't having much luck.
"It's as bad as I've ever seen it," said Richard Jones the Fire Chief for Sterling.
The fire reaches rows of cedar trees something fire crews were hoping to avoid.
"Once it reaches those cedars it's prairie torch...it gets too hot. We couldn't get within 200 feet," said firefighter Billy Higgins.