250,000 FLEE THE INFERNO
A-LIST STARS AMONG EVACUEES AS MALIBU BURNS
HOLLYWOOD A-listers were among more than 250,000 desperate people fleeing California’s raging wildfires yesterday.
Stars including Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Cher and Kim Kardashian were forced to abandon their homes – and Kim’s stepfather Caitlyn Jenner, 69, lost his house.
Thousands of firefighters were battling three infernos covering 200 square miles as the death toll reached nine with more than 35 missing. The Camp fire in the north was five per cent contained and in the south the Hill fire was 15 per cent but the Woolsey fire was uncontrolled.
Of the nine deaths, five bodies were found either in cars or near them in the town of Paradise, which was reported as nearly destroyed. The mayor said 90 per cent of residents lost their homes.
A fire official said: “There’s nothing much left.”
At one point, actor Charlie Sheen, 53, issued a desperate appeal for help finding his parents, Martin and Janet.
News crews found them sheltering at Zuma Beach and Hollywood legend Martin, 78, said: “We’re fine. We’re probably going to sleep in the car tonight.” Cher, 72, had earlier said: “I’m worried about my house (on fire).” Houses belonging to Will Smith and Star Wars legend Mark Hamill were also in danger. Smith, 50, said: “We are not in the evacuation zone but I don’t like it so we are going to go.”
British celebs caught up in the drama included actor Orlando Bloom, 41, who posted a picture of the fires. He said: “This is my street, praying for the safety of all my Malibu fam.” One Direction singer Liam Payne, 25, feared for the home he had shared with ex Cheryl Tweedy, posting: “My heart goes out to everyone caught in the fires. I think I’m about to lose my house and its memories.” James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan is another Brit with a home in the area, along with Adele, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sting and Jane Seymour. Meanwhile, Donald Trump was slammed for using the disaster to attack the state’s Democrat regime. The President said: “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires except that forest management is so poor. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments.” Pop star Katy Perry, 34, shot back: “This is a heartless response. There aren’t even politics involved.”