Aus­tralians forced to flee mon­ster Cal­i­for­nian fires

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - BIG BROTHER -

AUS­TRALIANS are among tens of thou­sands in Cal­i­for­nia or­dered to flee their homes as two mon­ster bush­fires roar through some of Los An­ge­les’ most exclusive sub­urbs.

The res­i­dents of the beach­side en­clave of Mal­ibu and the gated com­mu­nity of Hid­den Hills, where celebri­ties in­clud­ing Kim Kar­dashian and Grammy Award win­ners Drake and The Weeknd live, were or­dered to leave by au­thor­i­ties.

Aus­tralian busi­ness­man Jon Sully, his wife Kath and their three chil­dren Spencer, Is­abelle and Hamish, also had to make a mad dash from their Hid­den Hills home as the fire line ap­proached on Fri­day.

“We got the first manda­tory (or­der) at 7.06pm and packed the kids, dogs, pass­ports, pho­tos etc in the car,” Mr Sully, a co-founder of re­tail leas­ing plat­form StoreMatch, said.

“We could see the red glow over the ridge that was flar­ing up so didn’t hes­i­tate to go.”

They went to a friend’s house in nearby Agoura Hills but three hours later were forced to evac­u­ate again when po­lice on loud­speak­ers drove around the neigh­bour­hood warn­ing they were in dan­ger.

They made it to a third friend’s house where they spent a sleep­less night.

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