Wallace continued back to her house and hurriedly packed a few bags. She put her dog, Bentley, in the car with her things and they began to drive away — but the traffic was so snarled leaving her neighborhood that they could go no farther.
"I sat in my car for about two minutes, and I could see the fire getting closer. I said, ‘I’m not burning in my car,’" Wallace recalled. "So, I turned around and went back to the house.”
It was then she decided to ride her bicycle to safety instead, ditching nearly all her possessions to make room for the most precious cargo of all: "I knew the only thing that mattered was my dog. That was it," Wallace said.