Rob Lowe was forced to evacuate his house in Santa Barbara, California on Sunday (10Dec17) as the wildfire in the area continues to spread.
About 88,000 residents in the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties have been forced to leave their homes due to the Thomas Fire, which began on 4 December and has currently burned approximately 230,000 acres.
On Sunday, Rob revealed he was one of the evacuees by tweeting, “Praying for my town. Fires closing in. Firefighters making brave stands. Could go either way. Packing to evacuate now.”
Praying for my town. Fires closing in. Firefighters making brave stands. Could go either way. Packing to evacuate now.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 10, 2017
The Code Black star later posted an Instagram story showing himself wearing a face mask and walking around the perimeter of his property, where a man was spraying water over his garden hedges from a water truck.
“Hey everybody, we’re evacuating my house in Santa Barbara I just want to check in and tell everybody so far we’re OK, we’ve got a water truck up here but it’s really smoky,” he said. “Anyway, praying for the people in my area. Hope everybody’s getting out safe like we are. Thanks for the prayers and thoughts and good luck to the firefighters, we need you. Bye everybody, got to get to work.”
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres also revealed on Twitter that she and her wife Portia de Rossi had to evacuate their pets from their beach house in Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County, which they only bought in October.
Everyone in the Montecito area is checking up on each other and helping to get people and animals to safety. I’m proud to be a part of this community. I’m sending lots of love and gratitude to the fire department and sheriffs. Thank you all. #ThomasFire
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 10, 2017
“Our house is under threat of being burned. We just had to evacuate our pets. I’m praying for everyone in our community and thankful to all the incredible firefighters,” she wrote, but didn’t specify if she and Portia had also had to leave the property.
According to TMZ.com, the homes of Oprah Winfrey, Drew Barrymore, Jeff Bridges and Patrick Stewart could soon be affected as the fire has spread to Montecito.
The Thomas Fire, one of multiple wildfires which began in the southern California last week, has now become the fifth largest wildfire in modern California history.