Australians forced to flee monster Californian fires
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.