A northern California police department is searching for the owner of an American flag that stood unaffected by the vicious wildfires tearing through the state.

Officer Katie Cooley, of the Elk Grove Police Department, said Tuesday on Fox & Friends that she and her partner on duty were responding to a mutual aid request in the town of Paradise when her fellow officer noticed the flag.

"All of the houses had been burned. Every house on the street," Cooley said.

Officer Julius Lewis saw the flag and took a photo of it from his squad car, and said the sight was "pretty amazing to see."


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The Camp Fire in northern California has been declared the state's deadliest wildfire ever, claiming the lives of 42 people as of Monday night.

A "major disaster declaration" was also approved by President Trump on Monday, as the Woolsey Fire has also charred multiple counties in southern California.

"The house in the backdrop was completely burned to the ground, yet the flag was still there," Lewis said on Tuesday.

Cooley added that once the situation eases, her department will work with the town of Paradise to find the flag's rightful owner.

Pictures and video of the devastation can't explain the magnitude of the fires, Officer Lewis said, and that finding the flag was "a sobering experience."

"It was really eerie," he said. "It felt like something kind of like Armageddon."

Watch the interview above.


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