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Caitlyn Jenner says her house survived the devastating Woolsey Fire in Southern California in an Instagram post Sunday afternoon.
In a short video taken alongside her partner Sophia Hutchins, Jenner says she returned Sunday to find her house intact.
“It was devastating out there in Malibu. You can see the hills are just totally scorched,” Jenner says as she turns the camera to burned, blackened hills.
“We’re very, very lucky,” she adds. “Very lucky.”
Jenner’s stepdaughter Kim Kardashian also was among several stars forced to evacuate their homes as the fire rages through Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Others who had to leave their homes include Julia Roberts and her family; Martin Sheen and his wife; Alyssa Milano; and Rainn Wilson, to name a few.
The Shape of Water filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who lives in the Thousand Oaks area, had also evacuated from the fires and feared that the house that is home to his personal collection of movie and comic memorabilia, known as Bleak House, was in the fire’s path. The collection recently toured museums around North America.
“The trinkets are either lost or replaced,” he wrote initially, translated here from Spanish. “The memories are remembered. What is lost can be spoken of — everything continues as long as one is alive.”
On Sunday, del Toro tweeted an update that his Bleak House is still standing and seemed to only suffer minor smoke damage. “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.”
Strong Santa Ana winds returned to Southern California on Sunday, fanning the massive wildfire that has scorched a string of communities west of Los Angeles. Huge plumes of smoke were rising again in the fire area, which stretches miles from the northwest corner of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley to the Malibu coast.
A one-day lull in the dry, northeasterly winds ended at midmorning, and authorities warned that the gusts would continue through Tuesday. The lull allowed firefighters to gain 10 percent control of the so-called Woolsey Fire, which has burned more than 130 square miles in western Los Angeles County and southeastern Ventura County since Thursday. The count of destroyed homes remained at 177 but it was expected to increase. The death toll stood at two.
Nov. 12, 7 a.m. Updated with del Toro house update.
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