Calabasas Wildfire: Kim Kardashian forced to evacuate her home as fire sweeps through her Hidden Hills neighborhood
The reality star was given one hour to evacuate her Hidden Hills property after an uncontrollable fire broke out in the Woolsey Canyon area in Ventura County
Kim Kardashian-West and her family were forced to evacuate their home in Calabasas, California on Thursday evening because of a fast-spreading 2000-acre Woolsey Canyon wildfire in Ventura County.
The reality star was only given an hour to grab her belongings and leave the residence, reports ET online. Kim took to Instagram to share frequent updates of the entire incident. An evacuation order was issued for many residents living in the Hidden Hills and Calabasas' Bell Canyon area.
Kardashian took an aerial snapshot from her plane of the fire below. She put it up as her Instagram story, writing "Pray for Calabasas" and adding: "Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up and evacuate our home. I pray everyone is safe."
The raging fire was combatted by firefighters Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Kim once again shared a video thanking them for their efforts. The video showed multiple firetrucks driving down her street. "Firefighters are arriving. Thank you for all that you do for us!!!", she wrote on Instagram.
The Twitter account of the City of Calabasas said that everyone from Calabasas and also nearby Hidden Hills and Agoura Hills were evacuated. These are all areas known to be where the homes of the rich and famous are. The account also reported that all schools in the area would be shut on Friday, reported Mirror.
The wildfire also impacted areas where Kim's sister Kourtney was staying, reported People. Kourtney also decided to evacuate. She put up an Instagram story of the trunk of her car, packed with belongings. She wrote, "I pray that everyone is kept safe and protected from these fires. No Calabasas tonight."
As the wildfire grew in intensity, areas surrounding the north of the 101 freeway from Valley Circle to Lindera Canyon were all asked to evacuate mandatorily. Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks were also battling a fire that was could potentially harm homes. Actress Alyssa Milano, who was one of the people evacuating tweeted, "I just had to evacuate my home from the fires. I took my kids, dogs, computer and my Doc Marten boots. (Husband is in NY. Horses are being evacuated by my trainer)."
The Woolsey fire was identified at about 6 pm when it had spread to 2,000 acres, three and a half hours after it started, according to the Ventura County Fire Department, reports KTLA 5 News. The Fire Department also said that nearly 20 structures in the area were threatened. To help contain the fire, Los Angeles city and county firefighters are assisting Ventura County.