250,000 FLEE THE IN­FERNO

A-LIST STARS AMONG EVAC­UEES AS MAL­IBU BURNS

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Christo­pher Buck­tin US EDI­TOR

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.”

Slammed

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.”

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