Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Gerard Butler loses home in California wildfires

Gerard Butler loses home in California wildfires

Despite earlier news reports, including by Reuters, that the fire had destroyed the home of Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender advocate and former athlete, her publicist said on Sunday that it had survived.

The Paradise fire is one of three burning across more than 1,000 square kilometres of the Golden State. "I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires & grieving for the loss of their homes or loved ones".

"I just started weeping", Kelly said.

According to CNN, At least 31 people have died in the fires which have spread to 85,500 acres and is only 15% contained.

As of Sunday, the Camp Fire had blackened more than 109,000 acres at the edge of the Plumas National Forest.

Elsewhere, Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke revealed despite firefighters' best efforts, his own home was lost to the fires.

Actor Gerard Butler said on Instagram that his Malibu home was "half-gone", and a publicist for Camille Grammer Meyer said the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star lost her home in the seaside enclave.

The Woolsey Fire has since been 10% contained, but firefighters are wary of an anticipated increase in winds later today. She said, "Our house made it!"

He encouraged Americans to donate to the courageous "men and women" firefighters battling the blaze.

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"His comments are reckless and insulting to the firefighters and people being affected", said Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby echoed Brown's sentiments, noting how widespread the fire destruction has been across the state. But that's no longer the case. While California officially emerged from a five-year drought last year, much of the northern two-thirds of the state is abnormally dry. That leaves a lot of dry vegetation to feed fires. The number of dead more than doubled late Saturday, and continued to rise on Sunday.

The fire is highlighted in the image, and smoke from the blaze can be seen spreading over the town of Paradise.

He posted two videos and could be heard stating: "Welcome to my home in Malibu" in one.

More than 110 people have been reported missing in the area, but officials are confident many of them will be found safe elsewhere.

The painstaking process of finding the missing and identifying the dead is challenging, with some of the bodies recovered burned beyond recognition.

"This is an unprecedented event", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told an evening news conference.

The Republican president has previously blamed California officials for fires and threatened to withhold funding, saying the state should do more to remove rotten trees and other debris that fuel blazes.

Hours after the fire broke out, residents fleeing Paradise became trapped in gridlock traffic as the fire closed in. The flames moved so fast that some had to abandon their cars and escape the town on foot.

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