Rob Lowe shows his gratitude to Southern California firefighters during wildfires

Santa Barbara County Fire Department U.S. Forest Service Hot Shot crew members from Ojai Calif. head down a fire break to work off E. Camino Cielo in Santa Barbara Calif. Sunday morning Dec. 17 2017

Only two fires have burned more acreage in California so far, Cedar Fire in 2003 and Rush Fire in 2012, which burned 273,246 (1,105.8 square km) and 271,911 (1,100.4 square km), respectively. "It's just smoke and ruin right now". He is survived by his pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter.

Everything about the fire has been massive, from the sheer scale of destruction that destroyed entire neighborhoods to the legions of people attacking it.

On December 18, fire crews said they hoped they could contain the fire from spreading to the city of Montecito, according to Southern Californian news station KPCC.

Thousands of tired firefighters, battling a deadly two-week-old California wildfire that ranks as the third-largest in state history, welcomed a second straight day of favourable weather on Monday that allowed a more aggressive attack on the flames.

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, a Bombardier 415 Super Scooper aircraft comes in for a water drop below East Camino Cielo in the hills above Montecito, Calif., Sunday. Additional evacuations were ordered Friday morning as the fires swept through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. One of the largest wildfires in California history is now 40 percent contained but flames still threaten coastal communities as dry, gusty winds are predicted to continue. The department shared photos of crews working on containing the fire and clearing debris.

Lowe then took more pictures with the firefighters and invited them into his home for dinner. Humidity will be higher than it has been in the past two weeks only decreasing down to 30%.

The progress allowed some evacuation orders to be lifted, although both mandatory and voluntary orders remain in place. These fires that careen out of control are not only extremely expensive, despite mammoth firefighting efforts, they still cause enormous property and infrastructure losses, especially when the flames reach populated areas. Wind gusts of up to 52 miles per hour have been recorded in the area using a hand held weather device. The blaze erupted on December 4 and was stoked by hot, dry Santa Ana winds blowing with rare hurricane force from the high desert to the east, spreading the flames across miles of rugged coastal terrain faster than firefighters could keep up. Winds in the foothill area are hitting around 30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 60 miles per hour.



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