Oprah Winfrey Prays and Katy Perry's Family Evacuates as California Fire Threatens Homes Rob Lowe/Instagram; Getty Photographs One in every of California’s largest wildfires in historical past continues to rage by means of the southeastern a part of the state and threaten hundreds of houses, together with these owned by celebs similar to Oprah Winfrey and Rob Lowe. When requested on Sunday if her employees and canine had evacuated her Montecito mansion, nicknamed “Promised Land,” Winfrey tweeted, “Evacuated 10 days in the past. Smoke was so dangerous for respiration. Canine are in Palo Alto.” The day earlier than, she wrote that her house was “thus far nonetheless standing,” including, “Praying for the Promised Land and everybody else’s land. Firefighters on the protection.” In the meantime, Kary Perry revealed on Twitter on Saturday that her youthful brother David Hudson had evacuated her mother and father from their Santa Barbara house. On Friday night time, whereas onstage at her live performance in Tampa, Perry had referred to as her mom, Mary Hudson, to want her a cheerful birthday and sang her “Glad Birthday,” with the assistance of her viewers of some 10,000 individuals. “Woke as much as want my mother a cheerful seventieth birthday at this time to seek out my brother evacuating them from the insane #ThomasFire in Santa Barbara County that has kicked up as soon as once more,” Perry tweeted. “Praying for the firefighters & first responders which might be preventing it again as greatest they will. Love you SB.” The Thomas Hearth, one among a number of wildfires raging in California, has prompted obligatory evacuations, street closures and unhealthy air high quality warnings in elements of Santa Barbara County—which incorporates Montecito, the place along with Winfrey, celebs comparable to Lowe and Ellen DeGenerespersonal multi-million greenback houses, in addition to neighboring Ventura County, which is adjoining to Los Angeles County. The wildfire has already burned by way of 269,000 acres, has destroyed at the least 1,000 buildings and is threatening 18,000 extra as of Sunday morning. Greater than eight,500 firefighters are working to place out the wildfire, which final week killed considered one of their colleagues, hearth equipment engineer Cory Iverson. “Firefighter Cory Iverson misplaced his life on this catastrophe, abandoning his pregnant spouse, Ashley, and their two yr previous daughter,” DeGeneres tweeted on Sunday. “I can not think about your loss. I am sending you all a lot love.” Final weekend, DeGeneres and spouse Portia De Rossi evacuated their pets from one other home they personal, a $18.6 million beachfront residence in Carpinteria, situated southeast of Santa Barbara and Montecito. “Our house continues to be standing, however so many houses have been misplaced,” DeGeneres tweeted. “Firefighters proceed to be my heroes.” Cory Iverson, 32, died as we speak preventing the #Thomasfire in Southern California. It’s the 4th largest hearth in state historical past. Cory was a fireplace equipment engineer, a part of CalFire?s San Diego unit. He’s survived by his spouse & 2yo daughter. His spouse is anticipating their 2nd youngster. pic.twitter.com/ePrLiei9Ve — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) December 15, 2017 “God bless each firefighter and their households. preventing three weeks straight. nonetheless going. Think about their exhaustion! #ThomasFire,” Winfrey tweeted on Sunday. Lowe posted on his Instagram web page on Saturday a menacing photograph of the wildfire blazing within the hills close to his household residence. He later shared a pic of him serving to firefighters, writing, “Serving to earlier at this time. You do what you’ll be able to, however when it is time.. you GO.” Earlier this month, celebs reminiscent of Paris Hilton and Lea Michele, evacuated their houses in Los Angeles amid the specter of one other hearth that raged close to hillside houses alongside the 405 freeway, one of many busiest highways within the U.S. The fires have additionally impacted companies, comparable to Kylie Jenner‘s Kylie Cosmetics facility, which briefly shut down.