Celebrities and Malibu responders are sharing the terrifying reality of the wildfire
A fast-moving wildfire in Southern California has impacted the entire community of Malibu, forcing many people from their homes due to mandatory evacuation notices. Several celebrities have had to flee their homes as well, and some have already shared their homes have been destroyed in the flames.
The Woolsey Fire started Thursday night and by Friday had spread to Malibu and the Pacific Ocean, prompting evacuations in Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, and other Southern California areas. The images from the fire are absolutely terrifying and devastating.
VIDEO: @LACoFireAirOps Firehawk helicopter flying along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on the way to protect life and property. This is a historic event. Please follow the direction of local authorities. (Original video, ok to use with credit) @VCFD @LACoFD #WoolseyFire pic.twitter.com/SvZSfipzfk
— LACoFireAirOps (@LACoFireAirOps) November 10, 2018
Having to leave your entire home and everything in it while your neighborhood is literally engulfed in flames is unfathomable.
Celebrities like Alyssa Milano, Rainn Wilson, Kim Kardashian, Guillermo del Toro and more have been forced to leave their homes — many still don’t know the fate of their homes after evacuating.
Many of them have been sharing updates and information in real time, as they face the frightening reality of this powerful wildfire.
I just had to evacuate my home from the fires. I took my kids, dogs, computer and my Doc Marten boots.
(Husband is in NY. Horses are being evacuated by my trainer.)
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 9, 2018
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) November 9, 2018
Rainn Wilson from The Office encouraged his followers to think of those who were affected by the recent Thousand Oaks mass shooting earlier this week, who are also now dealing with the effects of the wildfire.
My House has been evacuated due to nearby fires in Thousand Oaks. (The pigs & dogs are fine, thank you) 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. Then send them some cash.
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) November 9, 2018
I am with Rob, Dream and True and I am up keeping watch! Saying prayers and thanking all of the brave firefighters who risk their lives for us ❤️❤️ https://t.co/eVlJgWSqVd
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) November 9, 2018
Several celebrities offered their thanks to first responders and firefighters.
Well, well, as if life needed to get more interesting…we have a mandatory evacuation of our home due to the #Woolseyfire . We have gone to a hotel in Santa Monica where we will stay until we can return. Send love and strength to our amazing California firefighters. #safe
— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) November 9, 2018
Just need to say THANKYOU to all of the firefighters. All of the first responders. All of the helpers. The thing to look for in tragedy is all of the helpers. We’re all so grateful for your bravery and selflessness.
— P!nk (@Pink) November 9, 2018
Lady Gaga recorded her own evacuation on her Instagram story.
I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires & grieving the loss of their homes or loved ones. I’m sitting here with many of you wondering if my home will burst into flames. All we can do is pray together & for each other. God Bless You.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 10, 2018
Orlando Bloom shared a sobering image from his own neighborhood after he evacuated.
The Woolsey Fire has already blown through 35,000 acres of land and 6,700 structures. It’s been estimated that 250,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes. Local authorities expect the number to grow regardless of whether the flames become contained. Tragically, nine people have died as a result of the fire.
While Malibu is full of famous people, one Twitter user is making sure people know the rich and famous aren’t the only ones being deeply affected by this horrific disaster. In fact, residents who don’t live along the water are more vulnerable to the flames.
Don’t believe the media’s portrayal of Malibu as a celebrity enclave. It’s also full of blue collar, and working class people of modest means. But they live inland, not on the waterfront, so they’re the ones suffering the most tonight. #malibufire #Woolseyfire
— Jason Cochran (@JasCochran) November 10, 2018
Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The LA City Emergency Management Department is sharing tips for evacuation and steps to follow for those who may be in danger, specifically the “6 P’s Of Evacuation.”
If you are near the #WoolseyFire: Now is the time to prepare for an evacuation, even if you are not currently under an evacuation order.
Load your car up and park it nose-out in your driveway so you can leave IMMEDIATELY if ordered to do so.
— LA City EMD (@ReadyLA) November 10, 2018
Remember to pack the 6 Ps of evacuation:— LA City Emergency Management Department (@ReadyLA) November 10, 2018
- People & pets
- Papers, phone numbers, important documents
- Prescriptions, vitamins & eyeglasses
- Pictures & irreplaceable memorabilia
- Personal computers (information on hard drive/disks)
- "Plastic” (credit/ATM cards) & cash