Steve Martin gives Portland Fire & Rescue a shout-out for battling California blaze

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, pockets of unburned vegetation flare up off Bella Vista Dr. in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. After announcing increased containment on the Thomas fire, one of the biggest wildfires in California history, officials Wednesday warned that communities remain at risk and the threat could increase as unpredictable winds whip up again. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Portland Fire & Rescue and other firefighting agencies received some gratitude Thursday from comedy legend Steve Martin.

Martin is one of the thousands living in Southern California in the path the Thomas Fire, said to be burning nearly 380 square miles in Santa Barbara County – making it the fourth largest in state history.

He took to twitter Thursday, saying:

Our greatest thanks to the Portland Fire Department, the Montecito Fire Department, and all the fire departments making a stand and defending our street and our neighbors’ streets from the Thomas Fire.

Portland Fire is one of several departments across Oregon and Washington that sent crews south to help battle the colossal wildfire burning in the coastal mountains north of Los Angeles.

The Santa Ana winds picked up Thursday, reinvigorating the flames. The National Weather Service expects the extreme fire danger to remain through the weekend because of the increased wind speeds and prolonged dry conditions.

Read more: California fire crews make progress ahead of wind increase

Steve Martin is no stranger to the Rose City. He's performed sold-out shows in Portland with his group the Steep Canyon Rangers.

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