As notable celebrities like Lady Gaga and Mark Hamill pay tribute to the firefighters battling the Woolsey fire and others mourn the loss of their homes, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby warned on Sunday, “There’s not going to be any relief in this firefight,” ABC reported.
According to officials, the 83,275-acre fire near the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, which has destroyed 177 structures and prompted the evacuation of 265,000 residents, is only 10 percent contained as of Sunday morning.
With 57,000 homes still threatened, the Santa Ana winds have picked up, threatening the spread of the blaze in many directions, including eastward toward the San Fernando Valley.
David Gomberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard, told the Los Angeles Times that the winds are expected to gust as high as 60 m.p.h. in the mountains and 50 m.p.h. in the coastal and valley areas and should continue through Tuesday evening.
“The potential dangers would be very rapid fire spread and extreme fire behavior,” including possible fire tornadoes, Gomberg told the Times. Live Science wrote that fire tornadoes, also known as fire whirls, “are created by hot, dry air rising rapidly from the ground” creating vertical columns of fast spinning fire.
Meanwhile, celebs who were evacuated from the areas took to social media to give fans a status report and to pay tribute to the brave firefighters who continue to put their lives on the line.
Just an update: Bleak House (I am told this morning) seems to be fine. Just minor smoke damage. I am aware about how much this fire has taken, how much has been lost- this is humbling and a blessing.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) November 11, 2018
Thanks for your concern everyone. Although the ???????? are dangerously close to our home-@MarilouHamill-@NathanHamill-@GriffinHamill-@chelseahamill-Millie-Mabel & I are all safe at the moment & rooting for our #FearlessFirefighters in their battle vs #MeanMotherNature. pic.twitter.com/nBC5HscBlK
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 9, 2018
Still evacuated. Blessed that the @Chiefs game is televised here! Some much needed distraction from the fires that are still threatening homes. Our @CALFIRE_PIO are working tirelessly to save lives and property. So much gratitude.
— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) November 11, 2018
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#Repost @joshbrolin ・・・ My buddy sent this to me whose house was saved five seconds before fire hit it. To all the fire personnel and first responders, I can’t tell you how much respect I put upon you for your innate care of your fellow citizens. It’s astounding how hard you fight for the safety and continued dreams of others. Thank you so very very much. And for the rest of us: give, support, wave, congratulate, shake their hands, lend anything you can because these are our on earth angels, our guardians. And for those who lost their homes our hearts go out to you and your families. We know you and will mourn with you and help build back up with you. California strong we are. @losangelesfiredepartment #woolseyfire #hillfire #californiastrong #wildlandfirefighter #wildlandfirefighting @ericmarshfoundationfire #pointdumelove #malibustrong
I’m so grateful I love you and god bless you to all the firefighters and first responders who continue fighting this fire. You risk your lives for us, and I’m so humbled by your bravery. You are our heroes. #WoolsleyFire
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 11, 2018
Getting ready for show.Such an Unreal experience. ????Fires across The St.From My House, Cant See Neighbors House Through The ????. & It’s All on
— Cher (@cher) November 11, 2018
Grateful for the heroic @CAFirefighters battling the #CampFire #HillFire and #WoolseyFire and getting people to safety. Join me and my family in donating to the @CAfirefound to support our heroes and their families. Go to https://t.co/R67fNxEVOg
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 10, 2018
UPDATE: My house is still standing. I’m on my way to bring firefighters water and food.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 10, 2018
Incredibly thankful for everyone’s kind words and support. Also in awe and grateful for these brave firefighters who have given the best of themselves. Often in the midst of tragedy, humanity shows its kindest face. #WoolsleyFire
— Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) November 11, 2018
— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) November 10, 2018
#GoodSamaritan @anaisg has food, water, eyedrops, wipes, and other supplies for first responders. Please respond to her with info where the need is greatest. #SoCalFiresJamesWoods #WoolsleyFire https://t.co/p6VDxaJAFI
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 10, 2018
— Jess Phoenix ???? (@jessphoenix2018) November 11, 2018
Director Scott Derrickson and Robin Thicke weren’t so lucky, as their Malibu homes were destroyed. Thicke says on Instagram that and he and his family are “contemplating next move.”
A friend drove to my home while it was smoldering and took this mesmerizing pic. The interior is cooked but the sole fireman needs to ensure that other homes in my neighborhood don’t catch fire.
Thank God and this firefighter, they didn’t. pic.twitter.com/lXhTZQvYsq
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) November 11, 2018