Own­ers, fa­mous and not, await word of wild­fire toll on homes

Woonsocket Call - - FRONT PAGE - By LYNN ELBER AP Tele­vi­sion Writer

LOS AN­GE­LES — Rich or not, fa­mous or not, there was lit­tle re­prieve Satur­day from the Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires sweep­ing through towns as dif­fer­ent as the star-filled ocean­side en­clave of Mal­ibu and the mod­est com­mu­ni­ties nearby and in the state’s north.

Lady Gaga, Martin Sheen and Kim Kar­dashian West were among the celebri­ties who joined thou­sands of oth­ers in evac­u­at­ing from the af­flu­ent coastal city that is as well­known as its res­i­dents. Stars went on­line to share their wor­ries, with some able to fol­low up with good news Satur­day.

Alyssa Mi­lano, who on Fri­day tweeted that her house was “in jeop­ardy” but she had got­ten needed help to evac­u­ate her horses and that her chil­dren were safe, was among the lucky ones.

“My house is still stand­ing. I’m on my way to bring fire­fight­ers wa­ter and food,” she tweeted. She pre­vi­ously said her heart was with oth­ers fac­ing “this aw­ful dis­as­ter.” Oth­ers were left to wait. “I am think­ing so deeply for ev­ery­one who is suf­fer­ing to­day from th­ese abom­inable fires & griev­ing the loss of their homes or loved ones,” Lady Gaga tweeted. “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.”

There were shout-outs as well to the fire­fight­ers strug­gling to con­tain the fires in what were de­scribed as es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

“Th­ese guys are he­roes,” film­maker Guillermo del Toro posted on Twit­ter. His so-called “Bleak House,” which con­tains his col­lec­tion of items too scary to be kept in the fam­ily home, was en­dan­gered.

Shan­nen Do­herty, who’d been out of town when the fire broke out, said on­line that friends stay­ing at her Mal­ibu house evac­u­ated safely with her dogs. She ex­pressed grat­i­tude to fire­fight­ers “putting their lives on the line for all of us” and sym­pa­thy for oth­ers af­fected by the fire.

Sheen (“The West Wing,” ‘’Apoca­lypse Now”), in­ter­viewed by a TV sta­tion on the beach Fri­day night af­ter flee­ing his home, said the fire was the worst he has ever seen. He said he ex­pects his house was de­stroyed.

The in­ter­view oc­curred af­ter his son, ac­tor Char­lie Sheen, tweeted that he’d been un­able to con­tact his fa­ther, and the Los An­ge­les Fox af­fil­i­ate KTTV tracked him down. Martin Sheen gave a shoutout to his fam­ily to let them know he and his wife, Janet, were safe and planned to sleep in their car by the beach. The sta­tus of Martin Sheen’s home was un­known Satur­day. “Bev­erly Hills, 90210” star Do­herty said her “heart is ripped apart” by the loss of a Mal­ibu home where she and hus­band Kurt Iswarienko were mar­ried in 2011, post­ing on In­sta­gram a wed­ding-day photo of the smil­ing cou­ple on a tree-lined path at the prop­erty ap­par­ently owned by a friend.

She had pre­vi­ously found refuge in the house when her fa­ther died in 2010, Do­herty wrote.

“It’s the place I felt my dad with me. It’s gone. Fire has taken it away. I’m dev­as­tated by all that’s hap­pen­ing,” she said.

The blaze started Thurs­day night and by Fri­day had pushed to­ward Mal­ibu and the Pa­cific Ocean, prompt­ing evac­u­a­tions in Mal­ibu, Cal­abasas, Agoura Hills and other nearby ar­eas. Au­thor­i­ties said Satur­day that two peo­ple were found dead in the fire zone and at least 150 homes burned .

Of­fi­cials stressed late Satur­day that high winds are ex­pected to re­sume on Sun­day and manda­tory evac­u­a­tions must re­main in place.

In North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, the small in­land town of Par­adise was vir­tu­ally wiped out by a fast-mov­ing blaze that de­stroyed

more than 6,700 build­ings and claimed nine lives as of Satur­day.

Rainn Wil­son, who played Dwight on “The Of­fice,” in­di­cated on­line that he and his fam­ily were away when flames “roared down the creek bed be­hind our house and missed it by a dozen yards!”

“Thou­sands of oth­ers have lost homes and pets and pre­cious be­long­ings. Es­pe­cially the res­i­dents of Par­adise who have lost lives,” he tweeted.

Although the fa­tal­i­ties over­shad­owed any loss of prop­erty, Mal­ibu’s fame in­evitably called at­ten­tion to the state of its mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar homes, in­clud­ing one made fa­mous in ABC’s re­al­ity dat­ing se­ries “The Bach­e­lor.”

The show’s pro­duc­ers said in a state­ment Satur­day that, with the area closed to traf­fic, they didn’t know the con­di­tion of what is pri­mar­ily a pri­vate residence. They said their main con­cern “is with the fam­ily who has been dis­placed, their neigh­bors, and all the com­mu­ni­ties im­pacted by this tragic fire.”

Also left wait­ing was Cait­lyn Jen­ner, whose hill­top home ap­peared in­tact when it was shot by a pho­tog­ra­pher for The As­so­ci­ated Press on Satur­day morn­ing. Jen­ner’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive noted that the Olympic gold medal­ist wouldn’t know the ex­tent of any dam­age to the home un­til she was al­lowed to re­turn to it.

Even out­side the evac­u­a­tion zone, the im­pact of the fire was be­ing felt by oth­ers in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

“The world is lit­er­ally on fire right now. And un­for­tu­nately it’s be­com­ing more and more com­mon here in Cal­i­for­nia,” ac­tress Natalie Port­man said Fri­day night in Hollywood at an Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute Fest pre­miere of her film “Vox Lux.”

She said she was hop­ing for the best for friends and ev­ery­one else af­fected by the blaze. She said she’d spo­ken to her own two chil­dren about the fires be­cause “they need to feel safe” and also un­der­stand that there are broad re­gional ef­fects, like poor air quality.

Paramount Pic­tures can­celed Sun­day’s pre­miere of the film “In­stant Fam­ily” in Los An­ge­les due the wild­fire. The stu­dio said it would do­nate food or­dered for the af­ter party to the Amer­i­can Red Cross, and would screen the film at an evac­u­a­tion cen­ter.

Kar­dashian West posted video on In­sta­gram of an area on fire with a mes­sage “Pray for Cal­abasas.” She said she landed back home, spent one hour pack­ing and evac­u­ated shortly af­ter­ward.

In ad­di­tion to homes de­stroyed, Paramount Ranch’s “Western Town,” a land­mark film lo­ca­tion dat­ing back to 1927 that in­cluded a jail, ho­tel and sa­loon, burned to the ground. The TV se­ries “West­world” is among the many pro­duc­tions that have filmed at the ranch in the moun­tains west of Los An­ge­les.

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