Caitlyn Jenner’s Malibu home has reportedly been destroyed in the California fires, while other celebrities including Kim Kardashian were forced to evacuate as the blazes approached.
The fast-moving wildfire in Southern California has also scorched a historic movie site used by the HBO series Westworld and Dr Quinn Medicine Woman and forced numerous celebrities to join the thousands fleeing flames that have claimed homes and prompted the total evacuation of the celebrity enclave Malibu.
TMZ reported that Jenner’s home was burned, but her publicist said that was not yet confirmed. The Olympic gold medalist safely evacuated.
The death toll from the fires is now at five but authorities fear it could go higher.
Kim Kardashian West, Scott Baio, Will Smith, Lady Gaga and Guillermo del Toro are among numerous celebrities forced to evacuate their homes, in some cases hurriedly trying to arrange transport for their horses.
Alyssa Milano said her home was “in jeopardy” but later tweeted that she was safe.
“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,” she stated.
The wind-driven wildfire has also destroyed the home of Dr. Strange director Scott Derrickson. He said he was safe despite losing his home.
Kim Kardashian was given just one hour to evacuate her Calabasas mansion with her three kids, and later tweeted to her millions of followers that the flames had reached the property she shares with husband Kanye West.
The 38-year-old was told she needed to flee the dangerous area shortly after she landed in LA following a business trip in San Quentin, northern California.
Taking to Instagram to post photos of the vivid flames spreading throughout Los Angeles, the reality TV mogul asked her followers to “pray for Calabasas”.
Kim revealed that she and kids North, Chicago and Saint only “had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home.”
The star then began to share videos of the first responders.
She captioned one video: “Fire fighters are arriving. Thank you for all that you do for us!!!”
The destructive fires have also triggered a mandatory evacuation order for the entire beachside city of Malibu.
The fire broke out on Thursday north-west of Los Angeles and roared southward, jumping the US 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.
Malibu has about 13,000 residents and lies along 34km of coast at the southern foot of the mountain range.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted that the fire was headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: “Imminent threat!”
Kim and Kanye’s sprawling estate in the gated community of Hidden Hills is estimated to be worth a cool $US20 million.
Kourtney Kardashian was also forced to flee, posting photos of suitcases in her car as she sought refuge at Kendall Jenner’s house in Beverly Hills.
Both Kim and Kourtney live in Calabasas, near their mum Kris Jenner.
Kris Jenner’s neighbourhood was also evacuated, but she was in New York at the time watching Kendall storm the catwalk at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show.
On Thursday night, the City of Calabasas’ official Twitter account announced that the Woolsey fire grew to more than 2000 acres with zero per cent containment. The Los Angeles County Fire Department ordered a mandatory evacuation in all areas north of the 101 freeway; voluntary evacuations were in effect for Calabasas areas south of the 101.
The Ventura County Fire Department reported that 30,000 homes in the area of the Woolsey fire were threatened.
The star-studded neighbourhood of Calabasas is just 20km from Thousand Oaks, where a recent mass shooting at a nightclub left 12 dead.