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SANTA ROSA, Calif. -

One Santa Rosa, California, resident is sharing her tale of survival after escaping the Tubbs fire on Monday morning. With fire bearing down on her, Natasha Wallace said she had to do whatever she could to save herself, and her dog, from the flames. For Wallace, that meant fleeing on her bicycle with her 4-year-old pit bull, Bentley, in a duffel bag.

"I would never part ways with my dog. ever," Wallace told KTXL in Sacramento. "That's my ride or die... literally."

She says she was studying at Santa Rosa Junior College until the early hours of Monday morning. On her way home to the Coffey Park neighborhood, she could see the fire approaching and knew she needed to leave right away. She got home, grabbed Bentley, and left in her car, but was almost immediately stuck in traffic.

"It was coming faster than I could leave in traffic, so I went back and got my bike," Wallace said.

She grabbed a duffel bag for her 70-pound pup to ride in. She says Bentley jumped right in.

She biked a few miles down the road before a man in a truck pulled over and was able to take Wallace and Bentley the rest of the way out of the fire's path. She says she's thankful for those who helped, and thankful to have survived.

Now she's looking for a new place to live. An online fundraiser has been set up to help Wallace and Bentley recover.

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