Mal­ibu burns as Lady Gaga, Kar­dashi­ans lead ex­o­dus

Business Standard - - WORLD - ANOUSHA SAKOUI BLOOMBERG

Mal­ibu res­i­dent Ge­orgi­enne Bradley, a deep-sea diver and con­ser­va­tion­ist who’s known for swim­ming with sharks, packed her be­long­ings and pre­pared to evac­u­ate her beach­front home Fri­day when con­fronted with the dead­lier threat of an un­con­tained wild­fire.

“They say the winds are go­ing to die down, but that’s all guess­work,” Bradley said as she packed paint­ings and her dog and two cats into her car. “I can’t re­ally move on the Pa­cific Coast High­way, but I’m not go­ing to just stand around and watch and then wish I had done things dif­fer­ently.”

Pres­i­dent Trump had his own ideas on why the dam­age was so wide­spread.

In South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, two fires have con­sumed more than 40,000 acres in Los An­ge­les and Ven­tura coun­ties. Mal­ibu, the coastal en­clave of the rich and fa­mous, was evac­u­ated af­ter flames swept south­west across the Santa Mon­ica Moun­tains to­ward the ocean. The Mal­ibu blaze, dubbed the Woolsey Fire by of­fi­cials, has burned 35,000 acres in the hills north­west of Los An­ge­les since it be­gan Thurs­day af­ter­noon and was still nowhere near be­ing con­tained. Al­most 150,000 homes have been or­dered evac­u­ated, in­clud­ing the res­i­dences of some of the wealth­i­est en­claves in the coun­try.

The con­fla­gra­tion has de­stroyed dozens of prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing Cait­lyn Jen­ner’s in Mal­ibu, ac­cord­ing to ABC7 News. Lady Gaga posted video of her evac­u­a­tion from her $22.5 mil­lion ocean-view man­sion. The Kar­dashian fam­ily, in­clud­ing Kim and Kourt­ney, posted pho­tos of packed-up cars and up­dates on their move­ments. Scott Der­rick­son, di­rec­tor of Mar­vel’s “Doc­tor Strange” movie, said on Twit­ter that he lost his home to the wild­fire.

The Na­tional Park Ser­vice said that Western Town, a faux vil­lage at Para­mount Ranch in the Santa Mon­ica Moun­tains north of Mal­ibu used for movies and TV shows from “The Cisco Kid” to “West­world,” had burned.

As celebri­ties and other res­i­dents fled, gaso­line proved to be the thing they needed most. Mark Gon­dola, a man­ager at an ARCO gas sta­tion on the Pa­cific Coast High­way, pulled an all-nighter to help some of the evac­uees flee­ing the blaze. As traf­fic backed up along the few evac­u­a­tion routes from the hilly, coastal com­mu­nity, many ran out of gas and came to buy more for their stalled cars.

A fire­fighter sprays down palm trees as the Woolsey Fire burns in Mal­ibu, US

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