Casiah Cagan | World
After losing their home to the current wildfires in California, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth decided to use their platform to help other victims of the wildfires who aren’t as fortunate as they are.
The couple posted before and after photos of what was their Malibu home on Tuesday. Both Cyrus and Hemsworth are among many of the victims in California’s newest wildfire: the Woolsey Fire. Cyrus also linked multiple crises organizations where donations can be made to help victims.
The Woolsey Fire, which began on Nov. 8, destroyed many parts of Malibu, Los Angeles and surrounding cities, igniting tens of thousands of acres within the single night between Nov. 8 and Nov. 9. Many residents were forced to evacuate after the blaze spread to the other side of the 101 freeway on Nov. 9.
Woolsey joins the Hill and Camp Fires to create a trio of fires rapidly burning across the southern and some parts of the northern counties of California. Statewide, a total of 200,000 people have evacuated their homes since the beginning of the fire trio, with approximately 130 missing and 59 fatalities.
An estimated 240,883 acres of land have been destroyed by the Camp, Woolsey, and Hill Fires combined. This brings the size to over half of that of the Mendocino Complex Fire, California’s second-largest wildfire which burned 459,123 acres of land during the summer of this year.
The Camp, Woolsey, and Hill fires are 35 percent, 52 percent, and 94 percent contained, respectively. The current autumn winds may be to blame for the quick spread of the fires, however, the root causes are still being investigated.
The damages are expected to cost California residents and their government more than $19 billion.
The current perimeters of the trio of fires can be seen with Google’s 2018 Statewide Fire Map for California.