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'Thanks fire heroes': Community members express gratitude for Lake Fire firefighters

Posted at 7:33 AM, Jul 09, 2024

Los Olivos residents found ways to show their thanks and appreciation for the firefighters who have been responding to the Lake Fire in Santa Barbara County.

Several gathered along roads, waving and honking as first responders drove by on Monday. Things like drinks and snacks were given out to those who stopped, while signs expressed words of immense appreciation to those driving by.

"I can speak for all the firefighters -- at any time we see people on the side of the road or they make signs and they're just smiling and and thankful for what we do, we really appreciate it," said Captain Scott Safechuck, Santa Barbara County Fire Department Public Information Officer. "It always improves morale because these firefighters are away from their families for extended periods of time for throughout the fire season and so any any appreciation is always welcome. We thank them."

Resident Heather Mason and her family spent the entire day in front of their ranch, California Sporthorses, with drinks, cookies, snacks and sandwiches to pass out.

"We just want them to feel appreciated and know that, you know, we do take notice and it does mean a lot to us," Mason said. "I mean, we have horses and animals and it's you know, it's not just about the house. It's about, you know, our families and our animals and they protect us, so we are very appreciative of that."

As of July 9, the Lake Fire has burned 26,176 acres with 12% containment. Thank you to the firefighters on the scene of the fire.