Cindy Crawford grabbed a few personal belongings before fleeing her Malibu home when the Woolsey Fire began raging nearby earlier this month (Nov18).
The blaze, one of two major fires to hit California in November, had a devastating effect on the area, with lots of people, including celebrities, losing their homes. There have also been more than 80 fatalities reported so far from the Woolsey and Camp fires.
While Cindy and husband Rande Gerber’s place was ultimately spared, she didn’t stick around when the flames got close.
“I’m not one to hang back with a fire hose,” she told C Magazine. “You think, what do I need? I grabbed passports and birth certificates, some of my jewellery, a painting that my daughter (Kaia Gerber) had just done, and got on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). I saw what looked like a tsunami of smoke coming over the mountains. It was ominous.
“We know at least 20 people who lost their houses. It’s a close community. Fortunately our friends are safe, and I think it’s a reminder to all of us that you are not the stuff you own. But stuff contains memories – that favourite Christmas dish you don’t know you were missing until you look for it.”
Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke both lost their houses in the fire, while Gerard Butler’s California pad was left badly damaged.
Cindy also wasn’t too far away when a gunman opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill, a popular student haunt in Thousand Oaks, killing 12, in early November.
“I’m so sad for this generation of kids that they have to hear about gun violence on a weekly basis,” Cindy, who also has son Presley, sighed. “I can’t imagine how their brains process it. We haven’t sat together yet and discussed it all as a family. It feels weird here – the energy is off in L.A. right now. We need to have that family dinner.”