The wildfires ravaging northern and southern California have killed 11 people so far, including nine in Paradise, a town in the Sierra Nevada foothills that was flattened by the most destructive wildfire ever recorded in California. In Southern California, two were killed in the Hill and Woolsey fires, which have destroyed 150 homes and forced evacuation for more than 250,000 people, including many from the inland hills and canyons, and suburbs such as Thousand Oaks, where 12 people were killed earlier this week in a mass shooting at a country and western bar.
It also forced the evacuation of the entire beachfront city of Malibu and several nearby towns, where many of Hollywood’s biggest stars live. Some of them took to social media to tell of their experience, report their whereabouts, cheer on the firefighters, or reassure fans. Here are some of the celebrities who have joined the exodus:
Martin Sheen and his wife, Janet Sheen, were interviewed by a Fox local news reporter after his son, the actor Charlie Sheen, had tweeted that he was unable to reach his parents. Martin Sheen told the Fox 11 news reporter that they had evacuated their home in Point Dume, and that he thought there was little chance their house had been spared.
“Emilio, Ramon, Renee, Charlie… we’re fine,” he said on camera, speaking to the couple’s children. “We’re at Zuma Beach and will probably sleep in the car tonight. We’re just fine and hope you guys are, too.”
In an Instagram story on Friday, Will Smith showed that the fire was visible over the hills from where he stood, outside his home. “We are not in the evacuation zone, but I don’t like it,” he said, “so we are going to go.”