California wildfires force mass celebrity exodus

November 14th, 2007 - 2:46 am ICT by admin  
Among those packing up and leaving are former Friends star Courtney Cox and her hubby David Arquette, best friend Jennifer Aniston, Britney Spears, Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand, Pierce Brosnan.

Also moving out of their homes are Pamela Anderson, Olivia Newton-John, Goldie Hawn, Sting, Jim Carrey, Diana Ross, Bill Murray, Cindy Crawford and Jane Seymour.

The fires, which followed a record summer heat wave, have been raging for three days, and have left 1,300 homes gutted, and destroyed nearly 300,000 acres.

They have also displaced more than half a million Californians living in the danger zones.

John Travolta, who flew over Malibu, said that he was simply glad that all his friends were safe.

“It’s a real tough situation. All I know is that the people I know are safe and I’m glad,” the Daily Mail quoted him, as saying.

Tom Cruise, in London for the premiere of his film Lions for Lambs, added: “It’s unfortunate, it really is. I wish everybody well back there.”

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has toured the worst hit areas, declared a state of emergency and called it a “tragic time” for California.

Singer Britney Spears said: “I don’t think it touched my house. I’m real scared.” (ANI)

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