Fire burns mo­bile homes, Mal­ibu man­sions

The Norwalk Hour - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

Two peo­ple were found dead and scores of houses from the celebrity man­sions of Mal­ibu to the mo­bile homes of se­niors in the sub­urbs burned in a pair of wild­fires that stretched across more than 100 square miles of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, au­thor­i­ties said Satur­day.

The two bod­ies were found in a sparsely pop­u­lated stretch of Mul­hol­land High­way in Mal­ibu, but Los An­ge­les County sher­iff’s Chief John Bene­dict of­fered no fur­ther de­tails. It brings to 11 the num­ber of peo­ple killed in the state’s wild­fires in the past few days, with nine found dead in a North­ern Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire.

Fire­fight­ers have saved thou­sands of homes de­spite work­ing in “ex­treme, tough fire con­di­tions that they said they have never seen in their life,” Los An­ge­les County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said.

Those vi­cious con­di­tions on Fri­day night gave way to calm Satur­day, with winds re­duce to breezes.

Fire­fight­ers used the lull to try to rein in the pow­er­ful blaze that had grown to 109 square miles and get a grasp of how much dam­age it did in its first two days.

Lady Gaga, Martin Sheen and Kim Kar­dashian West were among the celebri­ties who joined thou­sands of oth­ers in evac­u­at­ing from the af­flu­ent coastal city that is as well-known as its res­i­dents. The stars went on­line to share their own dis­tress and dis­may for oth­ers as the fate of many prop­er­ties re­mained un­known Satur­day.

“I am think­ing so deeply for ev­ery­one who is suf­fer­ing to­day from th­ese abom­inable fires & griev­ing the loss of their homes or loved ones,” Lady Gaga tweeted. “I’m sit­ting here with many of you won­der­ing if my home will burst into flames. All we can do is pray to­gether & for each other. God Bless You.”

There were shout-outs as well to the fire­fight­ers strug­gling to con­tain the fires in what were de­scribed as es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

“Th­ese guys are he­roes,” film­maker Guillermo del Toro posted on Twit­ter.

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