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American Flag Survives California Wildfire

The 2018 California wildfire season has been one of the most destructive on record. As strong Santa Ana winds howl through the state, rapidly advancing wildfires have destroyed forests, homes, and property, leaving toxic ash and destruction in their wake.

In Butte County, a deadly blaze dubbed the ‘Camp Fire’ had destroyed much of the Northern California neighborhood. However, there was one thing the fire couldn’t destroy.

Photos shared on the Elk Grove Police Department’s Facebook page show an American flag still standing amid the remains of one street in Paradise, California.

Many have called it a miracle and say it represents the strength of our country in the face of crisis and disaster.

“Our officers were driving down one street where every house had been leveled, nothing left, except a flag pole that was standing with flag in almost perfect condition,” the police department tweeted. Action News Now anchor Spencer Joseph also shared an image of the surviving flag on his Facebook page, calling it “One of the most stunning images I’ve ever taken.”

One of the most stunning images I’ve ever taken. This is in the town of Paradise after the #CampFire swept through. All that is left of this street of homes is this American flag, still waving, still unburned.

Posted by Spencer Joseph on Saturday, November 10, 2018

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