Rob Lowe helps firefighters combat Santa Barbara wildfire before feeding them all

The actor "took matters into his own hands"

Actor Rob Lowe helped firefighters combat the Santa Barbara wildfire that was creeping towards his home at the weekend and then invited them all to his house for dinner.

The Thomas Fire – the third largest fire in California’s history – has been blazing for the past two weeks.

Lowe evacuated his home earlier this month but returned on Sunday (December 17) to help out with the firefighting efforts.

TMZ reports that Lowe “took matters into his own hands” by “helping firefighters battle the flames, and then fuelling them up”.

The actor is said to have “later invited the fire crew over for dinner to the home they saved, where they recharged on spaghetti and burgers”.

Lowe later posted pictures to Instagram. Captioning one showing him he fight the fire, Lowe wrote: “Helping earlier today. You do what you can, but when it’s time.. you GO.”

“Thank you to all the crews from all over the country who stood tall and saved my town,” he added in a separate post, adding: “#respect #gratitude”.

Sharing a photo of him treating the firefighters to dinner at his Montecito home, Lowe wrote: “Dinner for new friends at our house.”

See all three photos below.

Helping earlier today. You do what you can, but when it’s time.. you GO.

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Dinner for new friends at our house.

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According to latest reports, only around 45% of the fire has been contained, with 270,500 acres burned.

Almost 8,500 firefighters are currently battling the blaze, with $130 million already spent by authorities on the efforts.