Good guy in a Tundra helps save lives in Paradise fire

Those who are on any social media platform have probably seen the picture of this marshmallowed Toyota Tundra and its description. If you are not on social media, congrats, you are a better person than us. It is extremely sad and scary to see what is happening with the South California wildfires now. But from every sad story heroes emerge. This person and his Toyota Tundra are just two of those heroes. 
Allyn Pierce is a managing nurse at the Intensive Care Unit at Feather River Hospital. He is also the owner of this slightly modified Tundra TRD 4×4 Off-Road that he used it to get out of Paradise. After getting his family out of Paradise, but unfortunately losing their house, he then went back in to help to evacuate a hospital. That’s amazing, brave, and just awesome. The people who work for Toyota saw this and responded…

How cool is that? Hopefully Toyota will hook him with a sweet TRD Pro model as Allyn seems to be exactly the kind who would buy a TRD Pro. It’s even available in white!
the_pandera, as the owner called this Tundra, had an Icon Vehicle Dynamics suspension lift and Method wheels wrapped in the very excellent BFGoodrich KO2 tires. There is also what looks like a very cool custom made or modified bed rack. All of that is on Allyn’s Instagram account

This was the view from the truck when leaving Paradise, California. 

What’s the melting point of a plastic used in the taillight? Follow this twitter link for more information and pictures. 
If you want to help Allyn and his family, there is a gofundme page. Thank you for being an awesome person, Allyn! And thanks to Toyota for recognizing that. 


  1. Melting point of the plastic is between 230 and 300deg F depending on exactly what type it it.
    I can’t imagine.

  2. That was really cool of Toyota to do this as well. There also had to be a moment when this guy was doing this when he was yelling “TRUCK YEAH!”

  3. Better yet, the folks on TacomaWorld are stepping up to help fellow members who have suffered from the fires. People are offering housing, tents, RTTs, food, clothing, and so on to help those in need. The Toyota community continues to impress me.

  4. Great reaction from Toyota! Seeing how some plastics melted and the whole truck’s side is fried, I am surprised the tires held up.

    1. Me too. Tire rubber doesn’t have a specific melting point because it’s not homogeneous, but it will soften and eventually decompose, probably around 600 deg C (if IR measurements of burnouts are accurate). That’s a good 200 degrees below your average brush fire.

  5. Paradise is in the Northern California fire, called the Camp Fire. The Southern California fire is the Woolsey, and has enveloped Thousand Oaks & parts of Malibu. Most of the reporting is on the Camp Fire ’cause it’s so disastrous, but the Woolsey is pretty bad.

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