Miley Cyrus, Neil Young and Gerard Butler are the latest celebrities to report losing their homes to deadly wildfires that have ravaged California.
Early Monday morning, Cyrus tweeted that her Malibu home — a $2.5 million mansion she purchased with her fiance, Liam Hemsworth, in 2016 — had been destroyed. The Woolsey Fire, which has been burning swaths of Los Angeles and Ventura counties in Southern California since Thursday, has forced evacuations and threatened thousands of homes from Thousand Oaks to Malibu.
“Completely devestated by the fires affecting my community. I am one of the lucky ones,” the singer and actress tweeted. “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 all I have left.”
Cyrus expressed gratitude for firefighters and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and encouraged her followers to donate to half a dozen fire aid and disaster relief organizations.
On Sunday afternoon, Butler posted images of himself returning to his Malibu house — or what was left of it — after having evacuated. The coastal city issued a mandatory evacuation for its residents last Friday.
“Welcome to my home in Malibu,” the actor could be heard saying in an Instagram video, as he walked up to what remained of the structure. Smoke and steam rose from cracks in the driveway. “Half gone. God."
Butler focused the camera on the charred frame of his former house, surrounded by ash and the blackened shell of a truck.
“Wow,” he said, shaking his head.
In a post on his website, Young stated that he had just lost “another” house to a California fire. The singer also blasted President Trump as “our so-called president” for attributing the deadly wildfires to poor forest management and instead urged people to take action to fight climate change.
“California is a paradise for us all. We are sad not to be able to defend it against Mother Nature’s wrath,” Young wrote. Californians "are up against something bigger than we have ever seen. It’s too big for some to see at all. Firefighters have never seen anything like this in their lives. I have heard that said countless times in the past two days, and I have lost my home before to a California fire, now another.”
On Sunday, recording artist Robin Thicke posted on Instagram that his family had evacuated while firefighters and volunteers “risked their lives trying to save our home.” His girlfriend, April Love Geary later confirmed their Malibu home was “gone,” according to Cosmopolitan.
The celebrity-shared reports of devastation come as the death tolls from wildfires in Northern and Southern California continue to climb.
As The Washington Post’s Lindsey Bever, Joel Achenbach and Cleve R. Wootson Jr. reported, the Camp Fire in and around Paradise, in the northern part of the state, over the weekend became the deadliest wildfire to hit California in 85 years. With 29 people confirmed dead and 228 still unaccounted for, the Camp Fire death toll is likely to climb, officials said.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters that identifying human remains in the fire’s aftermath would be “very difficult.”
“The fire burned so intensely that it burned everything to the ground, and in some cases it melted the metal,” Honea said. "In those cases, it is possible the temperatures were high enough to completely consume the body.”
As of Sunday night, CalFire officials estimated that the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles, in the southern part of the state, had burned more than 85,000 acres, destroyed 117 structures and was at 15 percent containment.
As The Post’s Sonia Rao reported, the historic Paramount Ranch production set in Agoura Hills burned on Friday, while wildfire threatened the nearby homes of a slew of celebrities, including Guillermo del Toro, Alyssa Milano, Lady Gaga, Will Smith, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, James Woods, Orlando Bloom, Melissa Etheridge, Rainn Wilson, Cher and Pink.
On Sunday, the Kardashians dedicated their E! People’s Choice Award for best reality show to those responding to the deadly California wildfires.
“It’s been a really rough week in our home in Calabasas, Hidden Hills, and our neighbors in Thousand Oaks and Malibu,” Kardashian-West said. “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.”
As of Sunday, the six-bedroom, nine-bathroom mansion where ABC films its reality dating show “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette" had survived the Woolsey Fire “unscathed,” according to USA Today reporter Chris Woodyard.
This post has been updated.