A fast-moving blaze named the ‘Woolsey Fire’ started in Los Angeles, Califirnia on Friday, jumped the 101 Freeway at Liberty Canyon Road and rapidly made its way toward several populated communities, including Malibu, the superstar celebrity haven.
Lady Gaga, Orlando Bloom, the Kardashian family are among the celebrities who have already evacuated their homes.
Smoke-choked Zuma Beach (of all names!) has become a refuge for humans, dogs and horses fleeing the Woolsey fire burning into Malibu.
Pet owners walked their dogs on Zuma Beach, the winds whipping up the sand around them and fire engine sirens blaring nearby.
Others had set up chairs near their cars, settling in for hours, waiting to be able to get home. The water was hardly visible because of the smoke that had settled on it.
“There was just no time to do anything,” Talley Hutcherson, 57, the owner of Connemara Ranch said. “Within hours we had to make the decision to come to the beach because the PCH was shut down.”
She brought four of horses down to beach then drove to a second location to gather another six. She abandoned her car there and rode the horses to the beach with a help of a friend. Then she returned to retrieve her car, flames danced 100 yards away.
“This is the definitely the worst fire I’ve been through and I’ve lived here almost 40 years,” she said. “It is pretty intense.”
-From LA times and abc.com.