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Stars forced to flee as California fires burn

Get out: Celebrities were forced to abandon their homes as the wildfire raged through the region PICTURE: REX

CELEBRITIES including Paris Hilton and Chrissy Teigen have been forced to flee their homes after a wildfire erupted in the wealthy Bel Air neighbourhood.

Tens of thousands of people have been under evacuation orders in southern California, while hundreds of homes and buildings have been destroyed by a series of sporadic fires.

Burning: Fire damage in Bel Air PICTURE: EPA

The so-called Skirball Fire destroyed several homes in Bel Air, quickly spreading over 150 acres.

Firefighters were seen removing artwork from opulent homes in the exclusive neighbourhood as small fires continued to burn.

Heiress Hilton wrote: ‘This wildfire in LA is terrifying! My house is now being evacuated to get all of my pets out of there safely.

‘Thank you to all the firefighters who are risking their lives to save ours. You are true heroes!’

A large estate and vineyard owned by billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch was also threatened, and suffered some damage.

The winery, bought by Mr Murdoch for about 30 million dollars in 2013, has been evacuated.

In a Facebook statement, Mr Murdoch said some neighbours suffered heavy losses and his thoughts and prayers were with them.

The fire also forced curators at the Getty Museum, described as the world’s richest art collection, to shut the centre to visitors. Doors and windows were closed in a bid to protect the priceless possessions inside.

From above: A helicopter drops water over a house on a hilltop in Bel Air PICTURE: AFP

On Twitter comedian Handler wrote: ‘Just evacuated my house. It’s like Donald Trump is setting the world on fire. Literally and figuratively. Stay safe everyone. Dark times.’

Singer Lana Del Ray tweeted to say that ‘ash is falling on my car’.

Singer Lionel Richie also reached out to fans to say he had to cancel his show in order to help his ex-wife flee her home,

Brenda Harvey Richie, who is mother to Nicole Richie, thanked her ex on Twitter.

‘Lionel Richie has been here helping me evacuate! Thank God for Lionel!’, she wrote.

Teams made up of more than 1,000 firefighters are attempting to contain the fires igniting across the region.

Uphill battle: Los Angeles City firefighter Luis Vargas attempts to hold back the Skirball Fire on Casiano Road in Bel Air PICTURE: REX

The flames are sweeping down the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains with authorities warning the worse may yet be to come.

A-listers from the across the region have taken to social media to offer their thanks to those battling the blazes.

Actress Mandy Moore wrote: ‘Scary, scary times. Thank you to all the men and women on the front lines, risking their lives to protect people, pets and homes. Stay safe out there, folks!’

Kim Kardashian added: ‘I pray everyone in Los Angeles is safe from these fires and thank you to all of the fire fighters working so hard to keep everyone safe!’