The Thomas Fire has been ravaging southern California for over two weeks, and is currently on pace to become the largest wildfire in the state’s history. As firefighters continue to battle the blaze, residents, including actor Rob Lowe, are doing their part to thank them.
On Dec. 19, Lowe honored his hometown heroes by serving them a home-cooked meal of burgers and spaghetti. The actor took to Instagram to share a photo of the firefighters about to enjoy the dinner at his home:
“Dinner for new friends at our house,” the actor wrote.
Lowe also posted a photo of himself with the firefighters in front of their truck, thanking them for their service.
“Thank you to all the crews from all over the country who stood tall and saved my town. #respect #gratitude,” he captioned the photo.
Lowe, who lives in Santa Barbara, feared that his home would be destroyed in the blaze. A few days earlier, he had posted a photo of the fire as it dangerously neared his house:
Although the city faced mandatory evacuations, thanks to the efforts of first responders, his home was spared.
Lowe was not the only celebrity who was affected by the fire. Katy Perry and Oprah Winfrey were both forced to evacuate their homes in Santa Barbara and Montecito, respectively.
Perry took to Twitter to express her support for the first responders who were bravely battling the blaze:
Woke up to wish my mom a happy 70th birthday today to find my brother evacuating them from the insane #ThomasFire in Santa Barbara County that has kicked up once again… praying for the firefighters & first responders that are fighting it back as best they can. Love you SB 💔
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) December 16, 2017
Oprah has also tweeted prayers for those affected:
Peace be Still, is my prayer tonight. For all the fires raging thru my community and beyond. #peacebestill🙏🏾
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) December 11, 2017
The Thomas fire has devastated the state, killing two people and destroying over 1,300 structures, including homes. More than 8,500 firefighters have risked their lives fighting the blaze.
“California has the most robust firefighting entity in the world when we all come together, our mutual aid system is unparalleled,” Cal Fire Captain Sean Norman told ABC News.
Thank you to all the brave men and women who have risked their lives during this disaster!