Nu­mer­ous celebri­ties forced to flee fast-mov­ing blaze

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LOS AN­GE­LES: A fast-mov­ing wild­fire in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia has scorched a historic movie site re­cently used by the HBO se­ries

West­world and forced nu­mer­ous celebri­ties to join the thou­sands flee­ing flames that have claimed homes and prompted the to­tal evac­u­a­tion of the celebrity en­clave of Mal­ibu.

Kim Kar­dashian, Scott Baio, Rainn Wil­son and Guillermo del Toro are among nu­mer­ous celebri­ties forced to evac­u­ate their homes, in some cases hur­riedly try­ing to ar­range trans­port for their horses.

Some, like del Toro and Cait­lyn Jen­ner, did not know the fate of their homes, but the wind-driven wild­fire has de­stroyed the home of

Dr Strange di­rec­tor Scott Der­rick­son and the historic Para­mount Ranch where shows like HBO’s West­world

and Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman

were filmed.

Alyssa Mi­lano said her home was “in jeop­ardy” amid her at­tempts to safely evac­u­ate her five horses. The ac­tress ul­ti­mately got the help she needed and tweeted that her horses were safe.

“My chil­dren are safe. Ev­ery­thing with a heart­beat is safe,” she wrote.

The celebrity web­site TMZ re­ported that Jen­ner’s home was burned, but the Olympic gold medal­ist said in an In­sta­gram video that she did not know “whether the house made it or not”. She con­firmed she was safe.

Kar­dashian 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 af­ter­wards. Der­rick­son said he is safe de­spite los­ing his home.

In ad­di­tion to dozens of homes de­stroyed, Para­mount Ranch’s “Western Town”, a land­mark film lo­ca­tion that in­cluded a jail, ho­tel and saloon, had burned to the ground.

The ranch served as a lo­ca­tion for pro­duc­tions rang­ing from 1938’s The Ad­ven­tures of Marco Polo to TV shows The Men­tal­ist and


The set in the moun­tains west of Los An­ge­les dates to 1927 when Para­mount Pic­tures leased the ranch and be­gan mak­ing films there.

Western Town specif­i­cally was built for TV pro­duc­tions in the 1950s and was used for such west­erns as The Cisco Kid and Dick Pow­ell’s Zane Grey The­atre.

Film­ing con­tin­ued for decades even as the ranch changed hands. It was ac­quired by the Na­tional Park Ser­vice in 1980 but has con­tin­ued to func­tion as a film­ing lo­ca­tion, serv­ing as a lo­ca­tion for the first two sea­sons of the sci- fi se­ries

West­world. When not in use for film­ing, vis­i­tors could stroll through Western Town while hik­ing or rid­ing through on horse­back.

This com­bi­na­tion photo shows celebri­ties (top row from left) Baio, del Toro, Jen­ner and (bot­tom row from left) Kar­dashian, Mi­lano and Wil­son, who were forced to evac­u­ate their homes in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. — AP Es­cape artistes:

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