There are very few positive stories to come out of the wildfire that has destroyed much of northern California recently, but the unlikely friendship struck up by a firefighter and a cat might just be one of them.

Firefighter Ryan Coleman was clearing through some debris in the town of Paradise after Camp Fire had torn through most of it.

While searching through the rubble, he came across a fluffy grey cat who somehow survived and the now the two are seemingly best friends.

Ryan shared a video to Facebook to show how happy the cat was to be rescued, but mainly to show off their newfound friendship.

Sharing the clip, he wrote:

“She just chilled on my neck and shoulders as I’d walk around”.

He also shared a number of heart-warming images of the two hanging out:

Ryan was brought in from Modoc County to help combat the blaze which started sweeping through the state on 8th November.

During his first shift, he posted saying he was “hoping for the safety of his crew and fellow firefighters”.

“My heart and prayers go out to the more than 2,000 families that lost their homes and and all the people that lost loved ones,” Ryan wrote.

He added he was “excited” to be helping and said:

“I’m ready to get started doing what we do.”

Since Camp Fire started on 8th November, it’s burned through more than 151,000 acres and destroyed more than 11,700 homes.

According to several news outlets, the current death toll stand at 79.

Speaking about the devastating effects of the blaze, Butte County Sheriff and Coroner, Kory Honea said:

“It is overwhelming, I don’t have any word to describe it. This is unprecedented. No one has had to deal with this magnitude that caused so much destruction and regrettably so much death.”

The state’s forestry and fire protection agency estimates that the fire won’t be fully contained until November 30th.

Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the fires.

Images via Facebook/Getty/AP