Ernie Chapman

Ernie Chapman says his pooch, Sabrina, woke him and saved his life. Chapman said he received no warning that a raging inferno was headed toward his Santa Rosa home until one of his two dogs spoke up.

"My one dog, she's really alert to things. She started barking and just wanting me to check on stuff," Chapman said.

He went outside and saw ash blowing in the wind and "embers dropping everywhere."

"I just grabbed my keys, my truck and my dogs and took off," he said.

On Wednesday, Chapman's neighborhood looked like a scorched war zone. But he wasn't complaining.

"I'm just glad to be here. Glad to have my dogs," he said. "You can replace the stuff, but life is most important.