Every day that passes, Jessica Briggs and her two kids wait for their dad's return from Southern California.

Greg Briggs is one of several firefighters who volunteered to help fight the Lilac and Thomas fires.

"They don't get this call in for a desperate situation very often so I think when they do, they know the importance," Briggs said. "They feel for everyone that's going through it whether it's people that are losing their homes or the firefighters themselves in what they're doing."

About three days ago, Briggs says they were moved to the Thomas Fire which has now become the second largest wildfire in the state's history.

"I'm sure they're all exhausted down there as well so it's nice to have some fresh bodies and minds," said Briggs.

They've been digging fire line, trying to prevent the fire from destroying even more land and homes.

"It was a quick 'Hey is this okay?' And I said as long as you're back for Christmas and it's getting close," Briggs said.

Being home for Christmas is a strong possibility. A Boise Fire Department spokesperson says their firefighters are expected to return on December 22 or 23.

"There's certain things that haven't gotten done around the house that he always does and we'll be waiting for him to come home so he can do them," Briggs said.

Family traditions like putting a train set around the base of the tree and laser lights on the house.

"I also think about people that lost everything, all of their Christmas stuff, all of the things they own, so I think to myself I'm pretty lucky," said Briggs.