Matthew McDermott was driving through Schellville in Northern California when he saw the tree, with flames flaring through several gaps in the middle of the tree while smoke poured out near the tree’s top.
"I've definitely not seen anything like this before. That is nuts," McDermott told CNN. "We wanted to know the escape routes in case we needed them. The route to Paloma was open. I just stopped on the side of the road and the whole ridge is on fire."