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US California firefighter saves US flag just feet away from flames of Dixie Fire

06:26  06 august  2021
06:26  06 august  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

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A firefighter saves an American flag as flames consume a home during the Dixie fire in Greenville, California on August 4, 2021. - The Dixie fire burned through dozens of homes and businesses in downtown Greenville and continues to forge towards other residential communities. Officials in northern California on August 4, 2021 warned residents of two communities in the path of the raging Dixie fire to evacuate immediately as high winds whipped the flames onwards.

A firefighter saves an American flag as flames consume a home during the Dixie fire in Greenville, California on August 4, 2021. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images). Dangerous weather conditions of high heat, low humidity, and gusty winds were expected to be an ongoing threat on Thursday night. Cal Fire said the Dixie fire was the sixth-largest in the state ’s history, covering 322,502 acres. “As we head into the weekend, triple digit temps are expected in many parts of CA ! Avoid the sparks that start wildfires by never using outdoor equipment or driving a vehicle on dead or dry grass

As the Dixie Fire swept through Greenville, Calif., Wednesday, leveling its downtown area, a firefighter was photographed saving an American flag from the side of a road with the inferno raging behind him.

A series of images taken by AFP photographer Josh Edelson shows the devastating fire and the destruction left behind the following morning in the historic town, which was established during the California Gold Rush.

a fire truck at night: A firefighter saves an American flag as flames consume a home during the Dixie fire in Greenville, California on August 4, 2021. - The Dixie fire burned through dozens of homes and businesses in downtown Greenville and continues to forge towards other residential communities. Officials in northern California on August 4, 2021 warned residents of two communities in the path of the raging Dixie fire to evacuate immediately as high winds whipped the flames onwards. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images) Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images © Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images A firefighter saves an American flag as flames consume a home during the Dixie fire in Greenville, California on August 4, 2021. - The Dixie fire burned through dozens of homes and businesses in downtown Greenville and continues to forge towards other residential communities. Officials in northern California on August 4, 2021 warned residents of two communities in the path of the raging Dixie fire to evacuate immediately as high winds whipped the flames onwards. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images) Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images

Several images show the moments when a firefighter reached for the flag, removed it from its pole, and carried it to safety as flames twice as tall as the firetruck raged behind him.

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California firefighters saved an American flag overnight Wednesday as they battled with the fast-moving, “extremely aggressive” Lake Fire near Lake Hughes, video shows. A lone flag can be seen on the video billowing above a dark flagpole as clouds of smoke fill the air and brush burns across the dry landscape. Two firefighters pull the flag down with flames burning just a few feet away . The video was posted to the Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014 Twitter account and it shows the effect of a fire that could be seen miles away .

Firefighter saves American flag found in town completely destroyed by California wildfire and drapes it on a mailbox in touching tribute. In a town almost completely destroyed by one of the deadliest fires in California 's history, a firefighter was able to save an American flag . The firefighter was captured on video walking through the destroyed town of Paradise with the Stars and Stripes this weekend. He makes sure to hold the tattered but intact flag above the ground until he finds a mailbox standing in front of a decimated house.

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Authorities were not immediately able to identify the firefighter or his unit. A huge number of firefighters have deployed to battle the massive fire, the sixth-largest in California history and the biggest one so far this year.

A Wednesday Facebook post from the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office warned people in the area, "you are in imminent danger and you MUST leave now!!"

The fire sparked three weeks ago and encompassed more than 504 square miles in the counties of Plumas and Butte as of Thursday evening. Hot, dry conditions and whipping winds have exacerbated the situation, along with dry underbrush.

It devastated Greenville.

"The Dixie Fire burnt down our entire downtown," Plumas County Supervisor Kevin Goss wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. "Our historical buildings, families’ homes, small businesses, and our children's schools are completely lost."

In another post, he shared two photos of a street running through town. One showed tidy buildings and a couple of cars parked along the shoulder on a sunny day. The other showed one side of the street leveled by fire and the other aflame.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A criminal justice professor allegedly went on an arson spree in Northern California along the edges of the gargantuan Dixie Fire in late July. Gary Maynard, age 47, set a series of fires in Lassen National Forest and Shasta Trinity National Forest, an area in rural Northern California near where the Dixie Fire, the second-largest in state history, still burns, federal prosecutors allege. California Forestry Department agents arrested him Saturday. He is charged with intentionally setting fire to public land and is being held without bail in the Sacramento County Main Jail.

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