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Inspiring photo shows California firefighters rescuing U.S. flag from raging ‘Wall Fire’

OROVILLE, Calif. — Amid the devastation and desolation left behind as wildfires blaze across California, one photo captured an inspiring moment.

In the image, three firefighters in Oroville, California, appear to be saving an American flag from the impending fire on Saturday. One rescuer, held up by two crewmates, is seen reaching up to remove the flag from the side of a home. The identities of the firefighters, as well as the specific location of the home, are unclear.

As raging fires across the West continue to raze thousands of acres and force thousands of people from their homes, the image is an uplifting reminder that not everything can be destroyed.

Oroville has been facing an inferno dubbed the “Wall Fire” since Friday afternoon. On Sunday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Butte County, a northern California county, after the massive wildfire continued to spread.

So far, 35% of the fire has been contained. But as of Monday morning, the fire had burned through 5,600 acres and destroyed 17 structures, according to Cal Fire. There are still 5,400 structures threatened by the flames.

Firefighters save a US flag as impending flames from the Wall fire close in on a luxury home in Oroville, California on July 8, 2017. At least 10 structures have burned and the fire is currently at 20% containment.
The first major wildfires after the end of California’s five-year drought raged across the state on July 8, as it was gripped by a record-breaking heatwave. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

About 4,000 people have evacuated the area. Nearly 1,600 firefighters are trying to get the fire under control.

Thousands of firefighters are working to extinguish 14 different fires across California. More than 13 million people were under heat warnings and advisories Sunday as the West faces a record-breaking heatwave.