The state of California and its residents are in our prayers this week as raging wildfires continue to wipe out towns and leave a path of destruction across the state.
Officials say at least 31 people have been killed by the California blaze, and more than 260,000 have been displaced from their homes since Wednesday.
Singer Miley Cyrus took to Twitter on Sunday night saying her house is no longer standing.
“Completely devastated by the fires affecting my community,” she wrote in a series of tweets, calling herself one of the “lucky ones.”
“My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that’s all that matters right now.”
Cyrus and fiancé, Liam Hemsworth share the Malibu home that is now in ruins.
“My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong,” she continued. “I am grateful for all I have left. Sending so much love and gratitude to the firefighters and LA country Sheriff’s department!”
Completely devestated by the fires affecting my community. I am one of the lucky ones. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that’s all that matters right now. My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong. I am grateful for
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) November 12, 2018
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) November 12, 2018
She closed out her tweets with information on how to donate resources and supplies to firefighters, law enforcement officers, and first responders who continue to fight the blaze which is only believed to be about 25% contained.
Cyrus was among the hundreds of thousands of California residents evacuated from their homes this week due to the raging Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire that have been tearing through Southern California, as well as those who have been evacuated due to the deadly Camp Fire burning north of Sacramento.
The “Camp Fire” is said to be the most destructive fire in state history, having burned over 6,000 structures since it first broke out on Wednesday, and threatening thousands more in the days to come.
Several other celebrities who reside in the Golden State have either lost their homes, or shared in the heartbreak that is permeating through the state this week.
“It’s been a really rough week in our home in Calabasas, Hidden Hills, and [for] our neighbors in Thousand Oaks and Malibu,” said Kim Kardashian West as she accepted the People’s Choice Award Sunday night for reality show of 2018.
Referring in part to the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks that claimed the lives of 12 people just hours before the wildfires erupted earlier in the week, Kardashian West added, “Our hearts are broken from the horrific shootings and those who have lost their lives and homes, as well as the hundreds of thousands of us that have been evacuated from the devastating fires that are currently burning.”
Gerard Butler posted a photo Sunday of what was left of his Malibu home.
Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating. Heartbreaking time across California. Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters. Thank you @LAFD. If you can, support these brave men and women at https://t.co/ei7c7F7cZx. pic.twitter.com/AcBcLtKmDU
— Gerard Butler (@GerardButler) November 11, 2018
“Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating. Heartbreaking time across California,” Butler captioned the chilling photo of what used to be his home. “Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters,” he continued with gratitude, urging others to support these brave men and women.
And Missy Robertson shared a photo of her hugging son Cole, who is a student at Pepperdine University. Robertson asked for prayers for her son and his peers as they had spent the day Saturday sheltering in place from the wildfires and spending the night in the library.
“3600 students scared and still mourning over the loss of their friend from the evil shooter less than 48 hours ago,” Robertson wrote in her post. “No power on campus and cell towers down, meaning communication is practically non-existent.”
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Please pray for Cole and all the young people at @pepperdine. They have been sheltering in place today from fires and now have to spend the night in the library. 3600 students scared and still mourning over the loss of their friend from the evil shooter less than 48 hours ago. No power on campus and cell towers down mean communication is practically non-existent. God is there, and I know He is taking care of this situation, but as a mom, I can’t wait to put my arms around this kid again! #GodIsGood #AllTheTime
“God is there,” she continued. “And I know He is taking care of this situation, but as a mom, I can’t wait to put my arms around this kid again!”
Praying hard this week for those fighting these relentless blazes, for those who wait anxiously to return to a home that may be no more, and for the hearts of those still battling the heinous tragedy of yet another massacre, amidst the imminent threat of raging wildfires.