More than 700 homes and several multi-million dollar mansions in ruins: Rob Lowe cooks for firefighters to thank them for ‘saving our town’ as Santa Barbara surveys devastation the huge wildfire has wrought

Monday, December 18, 2017
By Paul Martin

More than 700 homes have been reduced to ash and two people have been killed in blaze called Thomas Fire
With 70mph gusts of wind still whipping up flames, the threat is far from over for the residents of California
Officials conceded it would be January 7 at the earliest before the fire is completely contained by firefighters
Some 8,000 firefighters have been tackling the Thomas Fire, which so far has racked up costs of $128million
The fire has raged for more than two weeks and is now one of the state’s largest in Californian history

18 December 2017

The true devastation of the Thomas Fire is beginning to reveal itself as the blaze continues to rip through large swathes of California.

Hundreds of homes in have been reduced to ash, two people have been killed and thousands of residents remain under evacuation orders.

With 70mph gusts of wind still whipping flames up into an inferno, the threat is far from over and the 8,000 firefighters attempting to tackle the blaze at the cost of $128million have only managed to contain around 45 percent of it.

The wildfire – now one of the state’s largest ever – has raged for more than two weeks and has already gutted 756 homes with 18,000 more in immediate danger.

Celebrities are among those to have been affected by the fire as multi-million dollar houses were torched and Rob Lowe offered a kind-hearted gesture to firefighters by cooking cheeseburgers and pasta for them.

Lowe took to Instagram to praise the work of the emergency services, saying: ‘Thank you to all the crews from across the country who stood tall and saved my town.’

While there was uncertainty in Montecito, it appeared there was some respite for Santa Barbara as an evacuation order was lifted for many residential areas in the city.

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