Since many of them couldn't be with their families on Christmas, Santa brought Christmas, and a hearty thank you, to them Sunday.
The Ventura County Fire Department tweeted out a photo of some of the hardworking firefighters posing with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Santa is at #ThomasFire base camp thanking firefighters for their hard work this #Christmas, he knows a little about working during the holidays. He will join us again tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/FfI9uOvcvK— VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) December 24, 2017
"He knows a little about working during the holidays," the tweet said.
The largest wildfire in California's history has consumed 273,400 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 structures across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and has required thousands of hours of labor for firefighters from around California who responded to the blaze.
Though no forward progress on the fire is expected, fire officials say fuels in the burn area remain "critically dry." Firefighters remain on standby ready to respond to any Thomas Fire flare-ups or new blazes in the area.