The current wildfires in both Northern and Southern California have had devastating effects on the surrounding area. In addition to destroying hundreds of homes, the natural disaster has, according to CNN, taken the lives of 44 civilians since the wildfire began a few days ago. But one man found a shimmer of hope in the midst of destruction: Paradise resident Jake Olsen found his wife's wedding ring—completely intact—among the debris of his destroyed home, after his wife told him she had left it on the kitchen counter when they evacuated, FOX affiliate KTVU reports.
“It’s just amazing,” Olsen, a conservation officer with the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in an Inside Edition video. “I just didn’t think we were going to find [the ring], but we had to try.”
“There used to be a countertop here with the sink,” he added. “She said that she had left it here...and it was there. It’s just a miracle.”
As People notes, the family created a GoFundMe which has raised more than $61,072 at publication time—but the money isn't just for the family of six. Olsen's parents, his wife's parents and grandparents, his sister-in-law, and his wife's uncle all lost their homes in the fire as well—making a total of six destroyed houses in the Olsen family alone. Any tax deductible donation made will go towards the family members.
“Yes, six houses lost in total and all related to Warden Olsen,” the GoFundMe page reads. “During the fire, Warden Olsen could not see his house until the morning after because he was helping evacuate the Feather River Hospital as part of his duty to this state.”
“You can’t understand it until you’re here,” Olsen said of the fire's destruction in the video. “You can’t fathom it in your mind. It’s just too much to take in.”