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Ariana Grande’s Family, Lea Michele & More Evacuate Amidst California Wildfires

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Wildfires are ravaging Southern California, forcing hundreds of families to evacuate their homes, including some of your favorite celebs, like Ariana Grande and her family. Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Ventura County, the San Fernando Valley and several other locations in Southern California are unfortunately experiencing extreme wildfires that have caused serious destruction. Thousands and thousands of acres have been burned.

To give you some reference of just how large the destruction has spread, CNN reported that the fire is four times the size of Manhattan. Thousands of residents have evacuated their homes and thankfully gotten to safety, including some very familiar faces.

The “Side to Side” crooner’s mom, Joan Grande, had to evacuate her home. Ari posted to her Instagram Story to let her fans know that her family is safe. “Mom and her pups were evacuated this am and are safe. My pups and I are in the clear so far where we are. Praying for the planet and for the people/animals whose homes are being destroyed. Please be safe everybody. Thank you to the brave fighters who are working endlessly to put a stop to this and who are helping people evacuate safely.”

Like we mentioned earlier, other celebrities who had to leave their homes and flee to safety, too. Paris Hilton, Lea Michele, Chelsea Handler, and Chrissy Teigen all tweeted about their evacuations and noted how thankful they are to all of the firefighters, police and volunteers for their help.

Mayor Eric Garcetti has declared a local state of emergency due to the fact that three of the four major fires burning had 0% containment at the time it was reported by NBC Los Angeles.

Thankfully, there are a lot of ways people can help. While many people have been able to evacuate safely, many animals have been killed and many displaced and left without food. If you want to help the animals that have escaped the fire, the Humane Society of Ventura County is looking for donations which can be made through their website. Food for horses, goats, donkeys, alpacas, and cats is in high demand. You can also donate to the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation. To help people who have lost their homes visit The United Way of Ventura County’s website.

This whole situation is definitely devastating, and our sincerest thanks goes out to all the firefighters and their families for truly being heroes and putting in overtime to save thousands of lives.