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Shocking footage has captured a family’s desperate flee to safety after they drove through the middle of the California bushfires to escape the raging inferno. California resident Brynn Parrott Chatfield filmed the moment her family made it through the fires in the town of Paradise, as flames and smoke surround the family’s car.

The entire town of Paradise was destroyed in the fires.

It comes as firefighters continued to battle raging blazes that have left at least 23 people dead and thousands of homes destroyed — and there was little hope of containing the flames anytime soon. More than 250,000 people have been ordered to evacuate a wide area near the state capital Sacramento and, in southern California, the Hollywood resort town of Malibu.

The fast-moving blaze in the north, which authorities have named the “Camp Fire,” broke out early on Thursday. Fanned by strong winds, it has so far scorched 40,500 hectares and is 20 per cent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Saturday. So far, three of the more than 3200 firefighters deployed have been injured.

Malibu is one of the most in-demand locations in California for stars seeking privacy and luxury.

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who lives just north of coastal Malibu in Hidden Hills, revealed she was forced to flee her home.

“I heard the flames have hit our property at our home in Hidden Hills but now are more contained and have stopped at the moment,” she said on Twitter. “I just pray the winds are in our favour.”

Kardashian revealed that she and kids North, Chicago and Saint only “had one 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!!!”

Lady Gaga tweeted: “I’m sitting here with many of you wondering if my home will burst into flames. All we can do is pray together & for each other. God Bless You.”

Caitlyn Jenner’s Malibu home has also reportedly been destroyed in the California fires.

The Olympic gold medallist later posted a clip to Instagram with her friend Sophia Hutchins, saying they were both safe. “We’re safe but we don’t know if the house made it or not,” Jenner said. “It’s still up in the air, so anyway, we’re safe and sound.” “We’re having a vodka, it’s been a hell of a morning,” Hutchins added.

Actor Martin Sheen, briefly reported missing by his actor son Charlie, was also forced to evacuate. “We’re fine, we’re at Zuma Beach and we’re probably going to sleep in the car tonight,” Martin Sheen told Fox News 11, adding that it was the worst fire he had seen in 48 years of living in Malibu.

The fires reached Paramount Ranch, destroying the Western Town sets used for hundreds of productions including HBO’S sci-fi western Westworld, officials and the network said. Director Guillermo del Toro tweeted that Bleak House, his museum of horror movie memorabilia, was also in the path of the flames.

Iggy Azalea, Scott Baio, Will Smith, Lady Gaga, Cher, Denise Richards, Melissa Etheridge 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 fires have also destroyed the home of Dr. Strange director Scott Derrickson, who made it safely out.

Model Bella Hadid, who grew up in Malibu, took to Instagram to share her grief, saying she felt “helpless and emotional” and “so sad”.

“My heart is so broken … I am so sorry to every single person that lost their homes, and I hope we can come up with something very soon to help …”

“Thank you to all of the incredible firefighters who are working so hard in danger for the community. You are so incredible And we salute you. I hope everyone is safe and I am praying for this psychotic fire to just stop!!!!!”

The fire broke out on Thursday, northwest of Los Angeles and roared southward, jumping the US 101 freeway early on Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.

Malibu has about 13,000 residents and lies along 34 kilometres of coast at the southern foot of the mountain range.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said that the fires were an “imminent threat.”


It's scary to see the danger that some of our favourite stars are in, and it's even sadder to realise that the severity of this situation could have been lessened by so much if we'd started taking climate change more seriously years ago. :'( I'm keeping everyone in my thoughts and hoping that everyone stays safe!

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