So scary. Several celebrity families and thousands more were forced to evacuate their homes on Dec. 16 after the terrible Thomas fire made its way to Montecito.
Oprah, Katy Perry, and Ellen DeGeneres‘ loved ones were among thousands of residents in the wealthy Santa Barbara area who were forced to immediately evacuate their homes as the dreadful Thomas fire swept through Montecito. Rob Lowe also packed up his belongings as the flames closed in. The devastating fire which is larger than New York City, has reached 267, 500 acres and is currently 40 percent contained, according to the Daily Mail. The deadly blaze has already killed two firefighters and its strength has caused the rest of the helpful local firefighters to stand down from the front lines. In addition to people having to leave their homes, the nearby zoo was getting ready to protect the animals by putting them into crates and getting ready to flee. See photos of other recent fires in the area here.
As the wind picked up and the flames caused greater threat, concerned celebrity tweets started to show up and they were all asking for prayers during the difficult time. “Woke up to wish my mom a happy 70th birthday today to find my brother evacuating them from the insane #ThomasFire in Santa Barbara County that has kicked up once again…,” Katy’s tweet read. She also sent prayers to the firefighters and first responders battling the fire. Oprah also turned to spiritualism and prayers for comfort during the blaze. “Still praying for our little town. Winds picked up this morning creating a perfect storm of bad for firefighters. #peacebestill,” her tweet read.
Although people seem to be evacuating in time, there’s still so many homes at risk. The fire began back on Dec. 4 in Ventura County and spread to the Santa Barbara area, where up to 970 homes and other buildings have already been destroyed. A brave team of 8,300 firefighters, 400 fire trucks, 29 helicopters and 77 bulldozers are working hard to fight the massive blaze.
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