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Ellen DeGeneres forced to evacuate pets due to California fires

Ellen DeGeneres forced to evacuate pets due to California fires

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi at an event.

A half dozen fires are currently scorching Southern California, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. The fires first began breaking out last week.

The largest one, known as the Thomas Fire, began 4 December and has burned more than 230,000 acres of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. It is only 15% contained. It’s now the fifth largest wildfire in the state’s history. Here is a map of the fires.

As of Sunday (10 December) evening, nearly 100,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders.

One of those people is Ellen DeGeneres. While it’s unclear if she’s facing mandatory orders, she’s taking precautionary measures at least. Yesterday morning she tweeted that she and wife Portia de Rossi evacuated their pets from their Santa Barbara home.

She further tweeted her gratitude to her community and the fire department.

According to TMZ, the couple bought the $18.6 million home in October.

More people in danger

Other celebrities’ homes are also in danger from the fires. Deadline reported homes belonging to the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Drew Barrymore, Jeff Bridges, Al Gore, Jane Seymour, Patrick Stewart, and more are all in the path of the blaze.

Rob Lowe also tweeted over the weekend he was evacuating.

Winfrey sent out prayers to her ‘community and beyond’.

The remainder of the California fires are all at least 80% contained as of Monday (11 December) morning. However, Governor Jerry Brown had a somber message regarding the Thomas Fire. He called it a ‘new normal’ for residents, with conditions worsened by climate change.

Updates on the fires can be found here.