An unidentified California firefighter was caught on camera, carefully rescuing the American flag all while being surrounded by large blazes of flames that were part of the Dixie wildfire in California that caused the destruction of a historic Gold Rush town overnight.
The said firefighter can be seen carefully saving the flag and the pole it was on from a burning house in Greenville last Wednesday. A massive flame can be seen in the background behind him.
A Patriotic Act Amid a Great California Wildfire
According to the photographer, Josh Edelson, who was there to snap several other images of wildfire, said the patriotic gesture came as the fire traveled down the street. He said the flames “ripped through and destroyed most of Greenville.”
Other photographs show several buildings being engulfed by the largest wildfire in California on Wednesday. It destroyed a huge part of the town, which dates back to the Gold Rush and housed buildings over a hundred years old.
The blaze has been ravaging the area for three weeks. It has destroyed 435 square miles. Firefighters have almost had it under control until 40-mph gusts of wind and bone-dry vegetation managed to fuel it again.
Late Wednesday, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office released a warning to the around 800 people residing in the town. It stated, “If you are still in the Greenville area, you are in imminent danger and you MUST leave now!!”
The department also warned that if they stayed, responders may not be able to come and help.
Per Mitch Matlow, the fire spokesman, they did everything in their power to handle the wildfire but sometimes, their efforts were “just not enough.”
It has been forecasted that high heat, low humidity, and gusty winds will still be present in the area through Thursday evening, posing a continued threat.