As firefighters in California work tirelessly to contain multiple deadly wildfires, a photo from last year depicting an exhausted group of first responders has gone viral as a symbol of gratitude for all their hard work.
The photo of the exhausted Tehachapi Wildland Fire Crew 11 resting after working 24-hour shifts was first released by the Kern County Fire Department in December 2017 during the Thomas Fire, which burned nearly 300,000 acres and caused more than $2 billion in damage.
This is a photo of our Tehachapi Wildland Fire Crew 11. Our crews have worked hundreds of hours to help battle the #thomasfire. These fire fighters work 24 hour shifts and are pushed to the point of exhaustion. Thank you for your dedication and hard work to help the communities of Southern California.
A post shared by Kern County Fire Department (@kern_county_fire) on Dec 21, 2017 at 12:01pm PST
The Camp Fire has killed at least 42 people and burning 117,000 acres in northern California as of Monday night, while the Woolsey Fire outside Los Angeles has killed two and burned nearly 100,000 acres.
Comedian Kevin Hart and TODAY contributor Maria Shriver are among those who used the photo in heartfelt messages of thanks for all the firefighters' efforts.
I just want to take the time to say thank you to all of the fire fighters that have been putting their lives on the line to stop the Woolsey Fires...you men & women are true heroes & me and my family thank you. My heart & prayers go out to all families in the affected areas....This is honestly Unbelievable what we are witnessing at this very moment. God have mercy on us all. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
A post shared by Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real) on Nov 12, 2018 at 6:50am PST
The fires have burned up the homes of singers Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, singer/songwriter Neil Young, actor Gerard Butler, former "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Camille Grammer.
Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating. Heartbreaking time across California. Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters. Thank you @LAFD. If you can, support these brave men and women at https://t.co/ei7c7F7cZx. pic.twitter.com/AcBcLtKmDU
— Gerard Butler (@GerardButler) November 11, 2018
The Camp Fire has become the deadliest wildfire in California history, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters Monday. The fire was only about 30 percent contained as of Monday night, authorities said.
See photos of the devastation across California: