Fourteen-year-old Ruben Navarrete learned how to drive the hard way — heading down a steep narrow road at night with giant flames leaping behind him.
No room for mistakes. Just focus, ignore the blaze and the steep cliff on the side of the road.
Ruben lives with his uncle Joshua Smith and his uncle’s wife Jamie in the Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians, a Native American reserve threatened by the Creek Fire.
As of late Thursday the Creek Fire had razed 176,000 acres in the hills of the…