Rob Lowe donned a firefighter uniform this weekend – and it wasn’t for a movie role. Like many Hollywood stars, the actor found himself in the path of destructive wildfires that have devastated Northern California for the past few weeks. More than 8,500 firefighters are on the ground battling the blaze, making it the state's largest wildfire response to date.
Taking to social media, the actor shared a terrifying photo of raging fires behind his Santa Barbara home and another photo of himself jumping into action to help. He captioned the photo, “Helping earlier today. You do what you can, but when it’s time.. you GO.”
Rob later updated his fans with happy news that his community was saved thanks to the hard work and bravery of first responders. “Thank you to all the crews from all over the country who stood tall and saved my town. #respect #gratitude,” wrote the actor on Instagram.
To express his gratitude, the Parks and Recreation star had a team of firefighters over for a home cooked meal of spaghetti, cheeseburgers and salad. The 53-year-old shared a photo of the gathering, writing, "Dinner for new friends at our house."
Some of Rob's famous neighbours in Santa Barbara include Oprah and Katy Perry, whose homes were also at risk of being engulfed in flames. Though the former talk show queen's home was still standing, she shared her concerns in a tweet on Saturday (Dec 17), writing, “Still praying for our little town. Winds picked up this morning creating a perfect storm of bad for firefighters.” Katy Perry shared that her parents had to evacuate their homes, saying, “Woke up to wish my mom a happy 70 th birthday today to find my brother evacuating them from the insane #ThomasFire in Santa Barbara county that has kicked up once again…”
Still praying for our little town. Winds picked up this morning creating a perfect storm of bad for firefighters. #peacebestill — Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) December 16, 2017
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