Mal­ibu burn­ing: KAR­DASHI­ANS, GAGA, CHER fear for homes

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LOS AN­GE­LES: Kim Kar­dashian and Lady Gaga were among thou­sands flee­ing their homes on Fri­day as a fast-mov­ing wild­fire en­gulfed Mal­ibu and nearby celebrity neigh­bour­hoods.

Kar­dashian, who on Thurs­day evac­u­ated the home she shares in nearby Cal­abasas with Kanye West, tweeted on Fri­day that she “heard the flames have hit our prop­erty... but now are more con­tained and have stopped.”

The en­tire 12,000-strong pop­u­la­tion of Mal­ibu, which stretches 27 miles (43.5 km) along the Pa­cific Ocean in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and up into the Santa Mon­ica moun­tains, was placed un­der manda­tory evac­u­a­tion on Fri­day as the Woolsey fire ex­ploded overnight.

The City of Mal­ibu’s Twit­ter ac­count said the fire was burn­ing out of con­trol.

Mal­ibu and Cal­abasas are home to hun­dreds of celebri­ties and en­ter­tain­ment ex­ec­u­tives at­tracted by its ocean views, rolling hills and large, iso­lated es­tates. Cur­rent and for­mer res­i­dents in­clude Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks, Judd Apa­tow and Brit­ney Spears.

Celebrity web­site TMZ re­ported that the Mal­ibu home of Cait­lyn Jen­ner, Amer­ica’s best­known trans­gen­der ac­tivist, was de­stroyed by the flames on Fri­day. Her pub­li­cist could not con­firm the sta­tus of her house, but told Reuters that Jen­ner was safe.

Res­i­dents posted pleas on so­cial me­dia for help evac­u­at­ing horses and other large an­i­mals, while long lines of traf­fic clogged the only coastal high­way in and out of Mal­ibu.

Cher, who said she had lived in Mal­ibu since 1972, tweeted that the wild­fire was com­ing close to her home, although she said she was not on the prop­erty.

“Friends houses have burned. I can’t bear the thought of there be­ing no Mal­ibu,” the singer posted.

Lady Gaga posted a video on her In­sta­gram ac­count say­ing she had evac­u­ated her Mal­ibu home on Fri­day, and show­ing im­ages of dark bil­low­ing smoke over­head.

Movie di­rec­tor Guillermo del Toro tweeted that he had aban­doned his vast “Bleak House” mu­seum col­lec­tion of fan­tasy and hor­ror mem­o­ra­bilia.

“Bleak House and the col­lec­tion may be en­dan­gered but the gift of life re­mains,” tweeted del Toro, di­rec­tor of Os­car best pic­ture win­ner “The Shape of Wa­ter.”

The Mal­ibu area is also home to dozens of film­ing lo­ca­tions. One of them, the West­ern Town at Para­mount Ranch where tele­vi­sion se­ries “West­world” is filmed, was de­stroyed, ac­cord­ing to the Santa Mon­ica Moun­tains Twit­ter ac­count.

The man­sion used to shoot “The Bach­e­lor” TV se­ries was “in grave dan­ger,” ABC tele­vi­sion ex­ec­u­tive Robert Mills posted on Twit­ter.

Alyssa Mi­lano, a lead­ing force in the #MeToo so­cial move­ment against sex­ual ha­rass­ment, asked for help get­ting five horses out of the area and said she had taken her “kids, dogs, com­puter and my Doc Marten boots.”

Rainn Wil­son, for­mer star of “The Of­fice,” singer Melissa Etheridge, and Roma Downey, the wife of “The Ap­pren­tice” pro­ducer Mark Bur­nett, all said they had scram­bled to evac­u­ate at short no­tice. — Reuters

Friends’ houses have burned. I can’t bear the thought of there be­ing no Mal­ibu. — Cher, singer

The win­ner of Miss In­ter­na­tional 2018 Mariem Claret Ve­lazco Gar­cia (cen­tre), rep­re­sent­ing Venezuela, re­acts with (left to right) 2nd Run­ner-up Re­abetswe Se­choaro of South Africa, 4th Run­ner-up An­abella Cas­tro Sierra of Colom­bia, 1st Run­ner-up Maria Ahtisa Manalo of Philip­pines, 3rd Run­ner-up Bianca Tirsin of Ro­ma­nia at the 58th Miss In­ter­na­tional Beauty Pageant in Tokyo, Ja­pan, on Fri­day. (Left) Miss Venezuela Gar­cia re­ceives the crown from 2017 win­ner Kevin Lil­liana of In­done­sia dur­ing the pageant. —Reuters/AFP pho­tos

KIM KAR­DASHIAN

LADY GAGA

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