Rob Lowe hosts dinner to thank firefighters for saving his house

Rob Lowe attends the CBS Television Studios' Summer Soiree during the 2017 Summer TCA Tour in Studio City in Los Angeles, California on Aug. 2, 2017. (Brian To/

Rob Lowe cooked dinner for the firefighters who battled to save his home from the devastating wildfires sweeping across Southern California.

Over the weekend, Lowe helped first responders battle the Thomas Fire, which has burned through 270,00 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

"Helping earlier today. You do what you can, but when it's time.. you GO,” he captioned an Instagram picture of himself in fire retardant clothing, wielding a hose.

And late on Sunday, he revealed efforts to save his neighborhood had been successful, as an Instagram update showed him smiling with firefighters.

"Thank you to all the crews from all over the country who stood tall and saved my town,” the 53-year-old wrote.

The "St. Elmo's Fire" actor then treated his new heroes to dinner, posting a picture of himself sharing spaghetti with fire crews.

So far, 8,300 firefighters, 400 fire trucks, 29 helicopters and 77 bulldozers have been drafted in to fight the inferno, one of multiple wildfires which begun in Southern California earlier this month.

Lowe previously evacuated his home on December 10, but later returned.

A number of other stars have also been affected by the fire, including talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who revealed on Twitter that she and her wife Portia de Rossi had to evacuate their pets from their Santa Barbara home, while Oprah Winfrey also left her Montecito mansion to avoid the blaze. And Katy Perry’s parents and younger brother David Hudson were forced to evacuate from the area.

The Thomas Fire has now become the third-largest wildfire in modern California history.

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