California’s Thomas Fire, the wildfire which has ravaged the Sunshine State and threatened many people’s homes, has now affected the likes of celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Rob Lowe.
When a person on social media asked Winfrey if she had left her home in Montecito, Oprah revealed the smoke was “too bad for breathing,” and she had to leave along with her dogs ten days ago.
Additionally, Oprah wrote the previous day that she was “praying for the Promised Land” as well as everyone else’s land. Yesterday, Saturday, December 17th, Katy Perry stated that her younger brother, David Hudson, evacuated her family from their home in Santa Barbara.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) December 17, 2017
However, on a more positive note, during her show in Tampa, Florida, on Friday night, Perry called her mother and had all of her fans sing her a “Happy Birthday,” along with the help of 10,000 people.
Unfortunately, the extravagant form of birthday wishes doesn’t take away from the devastation of the fires, as the Southern California Wildfire spread through Santa Barbara County on Saturday and has burnt its way through areas such as Montecito which is the home of many Hollywood celebrities.
According to a report from the New York Times, the fire set the record for the third largest in the history of California, and high winds attributed to its strength; forecasts say it will continue.
The California state government issued an evacuation order for many counties including Montecito and parts of Santa Barbara. However, downtown Santa Barbara stated the evacuation is voluntary.
The West Coast isn’t the only area of the United States to suffer a natural disaster, as Texas and parts of Central America experienced the worst of hurricane season, with many people going without power in Houston, Texas, as well as entire islands like Puerto Rico.