Northern California firefighters say a fast-moving wildfire destroyed a couple of thousand structures. The 27,000 residents of Paradise, California were told to evacuate as the blaze burned through more than 28 square miles. (Nov. 9)
Fast-growing wildfires in California forced tens of thousands of people to quickly evacuate their homes, including several high-profile celebrities, who took to social media Thursday and Friday to reveal they were impacted by the blaze.
Kim Kardashian West took to her Instagram Story to share images of the fires, revealing she was returning home from a trip and rushed to pack up and evacuate her Calabasas-area home.
“Pray for Calabasas,” she wrote on her Instagram Story along with an aerial view of the fires. “Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home. I pray everyone is safe.”
The reality star later added, “Fire fighters are arriving. Thank you for all that you do for us!!!”
She then shared an image of her pajama-clad kids sitting on the pavement after the evacuation, writing, “North is always in a good mood.”
Kardashian West’s sister, Kourtney Kardashian, also took to her Instagram Story to reveal she was evacuating. She shared a picture of her car trunk filled with belongings and wrote, “I pray that everyone is kept safe and protected from these fires. No Calabasas tonight.”
Their younger sister, Khloe Kardashian, wrote she was hunkered down with brother Rob Kardashian, his daughter, Dream, and her own daughter, True.
However, Friday morning she tweeted in a panic, “The flames have jumped the 101!! I need an evacuation update please.”
The Kardashians were not the only stars impacted by the wildfires. Actress Alyssa Milano, an outspoken voice of the #MeToo movement, wrote she was evacuated as well.
“I just had to evacuate my home from the fires,” she tweeted. “I took my kids, dogs, computer and my Doc Marten boots. (Husband is in NY. Horses are being evacuated by my trainer.)”
She tweeted a more urgent plea for help later on Friday, writing, “If anyone can get 5 horses out the fire please help me.”
Rainn Wilson tweeted that his home had been evacuated, and his pigs and dogs were fine.
“Please send your prayers to the people of Thousand Oaks and the victims of the shooting that are now having to evacuate their homes and neighborhoods,” he tweeted. “Then send them some cash.”
Director Scott Derrickson shared the tragic news that his house had been lost to the fire.
“We lost our home, but we are all safe and that’s the important thing,” he wrote. “Gonna be offline for awhile.”
Scott Baio posted late Thursday evening that he “may be next in line” to flee, adding “fires all around.”
“So many friends have already left their homes,” he tweeted. “What a sad day 4 our community”
“That’s it. We’ve been evacuated from Old Agoura.” Eddie McClintock tweeted. “Things just got real. Damn. “
Actor Kevin Sorbo shared that he was traveling, but his family was evacuated from their home in the middle of the night.
Singer/songwriter Hayley Kiyoko lamented “MY TOWN is in flames” before encouraging followers to evacuate. “Don’t be stubborn. it’s so dangerous and serious!”
Similarly, famed director Guillermo del Toro told his followers: “IF you live in Agoura Hills, CA – the fire is moving towards that area. Please evacuate.”
As did journalist Dan Rather.
“Very scary and destructive wildfire spreading in California at frightening speeds,” Rather posted. “Heed warnings to evacuate.
“My thoughts are with all those tasked with keeping people safe,” he continued. “This is becoming worse and worse. And climate change is real.”
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