It was like something out of a Hollywood action movie: Drivers racing their cars through flames as balls of fire ignite in every direction.
But in the ritzy oceanside community of Malibu, California, it was a nightmarish reality as the wind whipped the flames into “firenadoes,” destroying everything in their path.
However, not all of the people in the path of the Woolsey Fire outside of Los Angeles were running away from the flames. Some people, like the two women in the video below, rushed in and out of the fire zone to save 48 horses. Incredibly, they made it out alive.
“Please, dear God, don’t let me die!” one of the women can be heard praying aloud as a hail of sparks rains down on their vehicle.
Other videos showed people driving through flames as neighborhoods and vegetation burned.
Video footage shot from a Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter showed how few multi-million dollar mansion still stood in the hills above Malibu.
And video captured by a TV news crew showed a “firenado” — fire tornado — getting whipped up by the fierce Santa Ana winds, forcing them to run for their lives:
A number of celebrities have reported that their homes have been destroyed. According to CNN, pop star Miley Cyrus, actor Gerard Butler, and singer-songwriter Neil Young lost their houses over the weekend. The estate owned by Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, as well as Caitlyn/Bruce Jenner’s House, were spared after flames burned onto their properties, according to TMZ.
TV star Eddie McClintock thanked the firefighters who saved his family’s home (Editor's note: This photo was taken by Edgar Sanchez of a devastating wildfire in the region last year):
The Woolsey fire has burned 91,000 acres and is only 20 percent contained. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown blamed the hugely destructive fire on global warming, even though the homes that were destroyed were built — and continue to be built — on dry, shrub-covered hills that burn on their own every few years with or without human intervention.
"This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal. The chickens are coming home to roost. This is real here," he declared.
Please pray for the safety of those fleeing from the flames and those fighting the flames!