Cross Does Not Burn in Southern California Wildfires-Truth!
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Inspiring images show a cross that did not burn in Southern California wildfires in December 2017.
Images of a cross that did not burn in Southern California wildfires are real. And similar inspiring photos of crosses that did not burn in California wildfires have gone viral in years past.
Following wildfires in late 2017, reports surfaced that the Serra Cross honoring Father Junipero Serra at Ventura’s Grant Park was “standing tall” despite the surrounding area being totally destroyed by wildfire. The cross was originally placed in 1782. The most recent cross was placed there in 1941, a local ABC affiliate reports.
During the fire, the station reports, “Rumors of the cross burning down flooded social media on Tuesday. It was easy to believe since everything around the cross at Grant Park, including power lines, was destroyed.” However, some described a “miracle” the following morning when the Serra Cross was discovered untouched.
Similar Accounts of Crosses Not Burning in California Wildfires
And if a cross not burning in California wildfires sounds familiar, that’s probably because it is familiar. There were similar reports of iconic crosses defying the odds in wildfires there in 2014 and 2009.
In 2014, freelance photographer Ryland Talamo captured an iconic image of 12-foot cross perched atop the Azusa mountains overlooking the San Gabriel Valley. The cross miraculously survived wildfires that destroyed the nearby mountains. “It’s almost shining through the smoke because the sun reflects off the white paint, thus increasing visibility even with all the smoke and ash in the air,” Talamo told Charisma News.
And in 2009, Los Angeles Daily News photographer Gene Blevin captured a photo of a cross that survived wildfires on a hillside in Big Tujunga Canyon. The cross survived unscathed, even though onlookers said it appeared to be engulfed in flames the day before, according to a 2009 article in the National Catholic Register.
So, we can confirm plenty of credible reports about crosses surviving California wildfires.