Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Gerard Butler and Robin Thicke's homes destroyed by California wildfires

Gerard Butler and Robin Thicke's homes destroyed by California wildfires

Trump said "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California".

It now equals the deadliest wildfire on record in California - the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles.

"Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating", Gerard Butler wrote in an Instagram post next to a photo that showed a burnt structure and a badly scorched vehicle.

Thicke and his girlfriend April Love Geary also shared pictures of their burned home, which they bought in 2014 for US$2.4m.

On Monday, after driving a winding road across charred slopes and past smoldering ruins of other houses in Decker Canyon, Rasmussen wrapped Berkeley in a bear hug of thanks after finding their two houses still standing untouched by fire.

As he drove through the smoke and haze to yet another shelter, he said, "I'm also under a dark emotional cloud". "He just went above and beyond".

Officials and relatives held out hope that many of those unaccounted for were safe and simply had no cellphones or other ways to contact loved ones. As one major freeway reopened, another was closed.

Firefighters took advantage of a brief calm overnight to make headway against the multiple blazes, but conditions were expected to be hellish on Sunday with winds reaching as high as 110km/h.

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Three major fires are now raging in California, with the Camp Fire hitting its north, and the Woolsey Fire and the Hill Fire hitting its south.

Butler also thanked Los Angeles fire fighters and asked for donations to support them. But thousands remained under evacuation orders due to the Woolsey fire.

The Woolsey Fire has since been 10% contained, but firefighters are wary of an anticipated increase in winds later today.

As of Sunday evening, the Paradise fire was considered only 25 per cent contained and it could get worse. It has killed at least 29 people.

Firefighters and water-dropping aircraft quickly corralled the new flames.

Almost 230 people were still unaccounted for on Sunday evening, leading to fears the death toll could rise considerably. Together, they were blamed for 31 deaths, including two in the celebrity-studded town of Malibu in Southern California, where firefighters appeared to be gaining ground against the roughly 143 square-mile (370-square-kilometer) blaze that destroyed at least 370 structures. Those fatalities added to California's growing wildfire-related death toll. "Heartbreaking time across California", he posted.

Some looting was reported in the southern fire area over the weekend and police said arrests had been made.

"The President's message attacking California and threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the cataclysmic fires is ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines", Brian K. Rice said. He wrote: "More than 4,000 are fighting the Camp and Woolsey Fires in California that have burned over 170,000 acres".

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