Photo of exhausted KCFD firefighters battling Thomas Fire prompts gratitude

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A picture says a thousand words, but social media users in admiration of firefighters battling the Thomas Fire only had two: Thank you.

The photo of exhausted Kern County firefighters shown sleeping posted to social media Wednesday has sparked feelings of thanks, amazement and gratitude toward those who have been fighting the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Kern County Fire said the photo is of members of Tehachapi Wildland Fire Crew 11. KCFD said they worked 24-hour shifts while battling the Thomas Fire which now stands as the second largest wildfire in California history.

Seventy firefighters from the Kern County Fire Department in all were deployed to fight the blaze.

The Bakersfield City Fire Department also sent 19 firefighters to fight the Thomas Fire. BFD Battalion Chief John Frando said all 19 have returned.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Thomas Fire has burned 272,200 acres and is 60 percent contained.

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