Rupert Murdoch's vineyard is surrounded by flames and Paris Hilton's home is evacuated as California wildfires blaze into exclusive LA neighborhood and threatens to engulf homes of A-Listers like the Kardashians, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon
- A raging fire is encroaching on celebrity homes in Los Angeles in Bel Air, Brentwood and the?Mandeville Canyon areas?
- The fire, dubbed the Skirball fire burned up more than 50 acres after starting as a brush fire overnight
- ?The homes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon?Paris Hilton, Eva Longoria are all near the fire and their areas have been evacuated
- Rupert Murdoch's vineyard?estate- one of the most expensive in the area- has been evacuated and is completely grey from the smoke of the fast moving fire
- Jennifer Garner and Maria Shriver also have homes near the inferno
- Many celebrities in the area are also dealing with protecting their children, as several schools were closed for the day due to heave fire and smoke?
Enormous fires have been ravaging huge swaths of land in and around Los Angeles county and are now encroaching on several multi-million-dollar celebrity homes.
The growing fire was nearing several A-listers mansions including Paris Hilton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Maria Shriver and Heidi Klums'.
The fire, which was raging in?Mandeville Canyon and the Brentwood area, shut down roadways including a partial closure of heavily traveled Interstate 405, near scenic Mulholland Drive.??
Meanwhile Rupert Murdoch's vineyard estate- which is one of the most expensive within the Los Angeles city limits- has also been evacuated. Murdoch purchased the property in 2013 for $28.8million.?
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Rupert Murdoch's vineyard estate is dangerously close to the fast moving fire and was completely covered in smoke as of Wednesday afternoon ?
Eva Longoria shared this snap of the roadway just off her exit, and said her brother was getting ready to evacuate her home
Kourtney Kardashian shared incredible shot of the fire alongside the roadways in Los Angeles
Khloe Kardashian begged for rain while watching the coverage of the wildfires on television
Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoons' sprawling mansions were in evacuation zones as of Wednesday as the fire continued to rage through their community of?Mandeville Canyon
Jennifer Garner and Maria Shriver also have homes in the area of Brentwood which has been evacuated as the fire further encroached on properties?
The media mogul's estate on Moraga Drive was gray as it was surrounded by smoke but neither the buildings nor the vineyards had burned as of Wednesday afternoon.??
Eva Longoria shared a post on Instagram that she's out of town and had her brother helping move things from her home where fire was quickly encroaching just off the Interstate.?
Paris Hilton took to Instagram sharing an inferno looking shot: 'This wild fire in LA is terrifying! This literally looks like Hell! ?My house is now being evacuated to get all of my pets out of there safely,' she captioned the shot while also thanking the firefighters helping to battle the blaze.??
Terrifying: Paris Hilton had to have her pets evacuated as she gives her thanks to the many fire fighters working hard to save property and protect lives?
Flames from a wildfire work their way down a slope behind a home in the Bel Air district of Los Angeles Wednesday where several celebrity homes are endanger?
In Bel Air- where several celebrities reside- a fire firefighter is seen containing fire at this home?
The Kardashains' also shared their fears on social media as the raging fires swept through the county. Kourtney shared some terrifying images from along a roadway, while Khloe was begging for it to rain on social media accounts.?
Outspoken comedian Chelsea Handler shared she just evacuated, tweeting: 'Just evacuated my house. It’s like Donald Trump is setting the world on fire. Literally and figuratively. Stay safe everyone. Dark times.'
Lionel Richie shared that he was cancelling Wednesday night's show, as he spent the day helping family evacuate to safety and would have to reschedule.?
Celebrities, like everyone else effected by the raging inferno, had to shuttle children to safety as most schools were closed in areas impacted by heavy smoke and fire.?
The nearby Getty Center museum shut down for the day Wednesday to protect its billion-dollar art collection from smoke damage.???
The Los Angeles fire, dubbed the Skirball fire, due to its proximity to the Skirball Cultural Center, a Jewish museum and events space was one of several fires in Southern California.?????
At least two homes were ablaze Wednesday morning.??
The fire was burning in the Hollywood Hills near the exclusive Bel Air neighborhood.?
The Skirball fire began as a brush fire that erupted overnight and quickly spread, creating an alarming spectacle for pre-dawn commuters on the hillsides east of Interstate 405 before the California Highway Patrol closed the heavily traveled freeway.
The Skirball Fire prompted officials to order residents of the hilly, wooded area west of the Bel Air neighborhood out of their homes.
It was not immediately clear how many people were affected by the evacuation order in the area south of scenic Mulholland Drive and north of Sunset Boulevard.
'It would be safe to say there are hundreds of homes in the area,' said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Fire crews in the area were starting to see some structural damage, he added.
The new fire came as part of a series of wind-driven fires that had destroyed more than 180 homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
More than 1,000 firefighters battled an unrelenting wildfire on Wednesday that threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, the biggest of several uncontrolled Southern California blazes fanned by intensifying dry Santa Ana winds.
The Thomas Fire raged in the foothills above and in the city of Ventura some 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, fire officials said late Tuesday. That blaze, which began on Monday, had charred more than 50,000 acres, they said.
'We are still in the middle of an aggressive and active firefight on the ground,' said Robert Welsbie, spokesman for the Ventura Fire Department. 'If the winds pick up, we will face quite a challenge.'
There were no immediate reports of fatalities, Welsbie said.
Some 1,000 firefighters battled to save homes, with one suffering a minor injury, Welsbie said.
Lionel Richie said he helped family evacuate and would be cancelling his show Wednesday evening?
Kim Kardashian shared her prayers for everyone in Los Angeles and also took the time to thank fire fighters battling the blaze?
California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, freeing state funds and resources to assist.
More than 250,000 homes lost power, utilities said. Classes were canceled at all schools in the Ventura Unified School District on Wednesday.
Thomas was the largest of a number of wildfires that broke out across Southern California following the onset of the Santa Ana winds.
In the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, the Creek Fire had blackened more than 11,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 2,500 homes and a convalescent center north of Interstate 210.
Three firefighters were injured and hospitalized in stable condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a state of emergency while 11 Los Angeles Unified schools canceled Wednesday classes.
Some 30 structures were destroyed by the Creek Fire by Tuesday evening, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.??
Jennifer Garner's home, which is covered by trees, in the Brentwood area is also in line of the fire and the area has been evacuated?
Reese Witherspoon's home is in the line of fire in?Mandeville Canyon, and the area has been evacuated?
Late Wednesday morning, Donald Trump retweeted a FEMA announcement that it was providing grants for the first three blazes - the Thomas, Rye and Creek fires.
He added: 'Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the path of California's wildfires. I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials.?
'THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work!'?
The fires had spread rapidly overnight, as strong air currents and drafts from the fire made the use of water-dropping planes and helicopters too risky.
That meant the fires - one of which traveled 30 miles from inland to the Ocean - went uncontested in some areas.
That was bad news for the owners of Rancho Padilla in?Little Tujunga Canyon Road in Sylmar, which was obliterated by the Creek Fire - along with almost 30 of the ranch's horses.
'All I could think about was the horses, the horses, the horses. And they were like, "Get out, get out, get out,"' Patricia Padilla, whose family owns the ranch, told the LA Times.
'The structures can get rebuilt, but the lives of the horses can't... That's my biggest heartbreak.'
Some 29 of the ranch's 60 horses burned to death in the fires.
'It hurts a lot because these horses are family,' Shelby Hope, a friend of the family said. 'They’re not just horses - they're horses that we know, that we've become close to.'
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