A pregnant woman evacuated her daughters from her Santa Rosa home when a traffic jam held up the family’s escape from the fires.

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Charity Ruiz, her husband and two daughters were leaving their Coffey Park neighborhood by car when they were stopped by the exodus of neighbors also trying to leave the area. 

Panicked by the flames, Ruiz instead decided to instead use a bicycle to get out of the area. She used a family bicycle hooked up to a toddler trailer to get her two children out, with Ruiz pedaling — despite being due the following week.

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After biking a distance, Ruiz and her daughters were able to meet with Ruiz’s husband, Mike, after a friend gave them a ride to a friend’s house.

See Ruiz’s account of the escape in the video at top.

This story first appeared on SFGATE.com. Follow their coverage of the Wine Country fires for the latest information. 

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