Wildfire Is a Great Equalizer, as the Woolsey Fire Showed Us

“No place on earth offers greater security to life and greater freedom from natural disasters than Southern California.”

— Los Angeles Times, January 2, 1934

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Wildfire has no regard for wealth or status. It doesn’t care if you’re young or old, a multi-millionaire or a common, everyday working stiff. It doesn’t care where you live.

And, contrary to what the editors at the Los Angeles Times may have believed in 1934, we all know that Southern California experiences more than its fair share of natural disasters, especially wildfires.

A-List Victims

Take last fall’s Woolsey Fire. That inferno killed three people, destroyed more than 1,600 structures, and scorched almost 100,000 acres. It resulted in $1.6 billion dollars in property damage.

A-list celebrities who reside in Malibu and other wealthy coastal enclaves were herded right along with the masses during forced evacuations. Once the fire had been contained, many of them returned to find their homes reduced to ashes and rubble.

Several took to social media to reveal the enormity of the devastation:

The list of homeowners whose houses were destroyed or severely damaged in the Woolsey Fire reads like a Hollywood Who’s Who:  Miley Cyrus, Gerard Butler, Robin Thicke, Camille Grammer, Kim Basinger, Neil Young, Daryl Hannah.

The Malibu Foundation

Of course, these victims have the means to rebuild. But they’ve also been pitching in to help others do so, too.

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“My house no longer stands, but the memories shared with family and friends stand strong,” Ms. Cyrus said on Twitter.

“I am grateful for all I have left,” she added, expressing thanks to emergency responders and encouraging fans to donate to organizations assisting with the recovery.

Which is why she and other community members launched The Malibu Foundation.  The foundation’s purpose is to support the following programs in areas impacted by the Woolsey Fire:

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