Celebri­ties flee fast-mov­ing South­ern Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire

El Dorado News-Times - - Fun & Games -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — 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 Mal­ibu.

Kim Kar­dashian West, 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.

The blaze started Thurs­day night and by Fri­day had pushed to­ward Mal­ibu and the Pa­cific Ocean, prompt­ing evac­u­a­tions in Mal­ibu, Cal­abasas, Aguora Hills and other nearby areas.

Alyssa Mi­lano said her home is "in jeop­ardy" in hopes evac­u­at­ing her 5 horses. The ac­tress ul­ti­mately got the help she needed and tweeted that her "Horses are fi­nally safe. My chil­dren are safe. My home is in jeop­ardy but... ev­ery­thing with a heart­beat is safe. Thank you all for your con­cern."

The celebrity web­site TMZ re­ported that Jen­ner's home was burned, but her pub­li­cist said that was not yet con­firmed. The Olympic gold medal­ist safely evac­u­ated.

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.

Der­rick­son said he is safe de­spite los­ing his home.

The Santa Mon­ica Moun­tains Na­tional Re­cre­ation Area said the Para­mount Ranch known as the "West­ern Town" served as a lo­ca­tion for pro­duc­tions rang­ing from 1938's "The Ad­ven­tures of Marco Polo" to TV shows "The Men­tal­ist" and "Weeds." The lo­ca­tion known as "West­ern Town" is set in the moun­tains west of Los An­ge­les dates to 1927 when Para­mount Pic­tures leased the ranch and be­gan mak­ing films there.

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