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Gerard Butler, Robin Thicke, Shannen Doherty and more lose homes in California wildfires

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Ferocious flames in southern California neared coastal homes along the famed Pacific Coast Highway in the Malibu area. Footage of the wind-driven wildfire was taken by a crew on board a Los Angeles County Fire Department Firehawk helicoper.
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An intense wildfire raging through Southern California forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, including several celebrities, who are awaiting the fate of their residences.

Gerard Butler called it a “heartbreaking time across California” after learning his home burned to ashes. 

“Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating,” the “300” star posted Sunday on Twitter, alongside a picture of him standing in front of the remaining rubble. “Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters. Thank you @LAFD.”

In a video posted to his Instagram story, Butler said, “Welcome to my home in Malibu” as he walked around his scorched property. 

The Woolsey fire started Thursday night and by Friday had pushed toward Malibu and the Pacific Ocean, prompting evacuations in Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura Hills and other nearby areas. Authorities said Saturday that at least 150 homes had burned. 

“Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Charmed” star Shannen Doherty said her “heart is ripped apart” after losing the Malibu home where she married her husband in 2011 to flames. 

Posting an Instagram picture from her wedding day, Doherty wrote: “This place. I got married there. But before that, it’s the place @chriscortazzo let me stay in after my dad passed away. It’s the place I felt my dad with me. It’s gone. Fire has taken it away. I’m devastated by all that’s happening.”

Doherty was out of town when the fire broke out, but friends staying at her property were able to evacuate safely with the actress’ dogs and horse. 

The fast-moving flames also claimed Robin Thicke’s Malibu home.

The singer’s pregnant girlfriend, April Love Geary, shared a picture of the couple’s damaged home in an Instagram story. “Our house is gone,” she wrote with a crying emoji.

USA TODAY has reached out to Thicke’s representatives for comment. 

“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” staple Camille Grammer confirmed early Sunday morning on Instagram that her home went up in flames: “Sadly my house couldn’t be saved. The courageous firefighters were able to save my cars and personal items recovered from my home.”

Grammer, who married David C. Meyer last month, said she’s “grateful that my family is safe.” 

“Luckily we quickly evacuated our house yesterday after a patrol car drove up the street announcing mandatory evacuations,” she wrote, alongside an image of her home on fire. “I’m grateful for my lovely neighbors and friends who kept me informed and for their help this evening.”

Alyssa Milano, an outspoken voice of the #MeToo movement, was among the lucky ones whose home was spared.

The actress, who evacuated her home Friday after tweeting it was “in jeopardy,” took to Twitter to confirm her home is “still standing.” Milano also thanked the firefighters who risked their lives battling flames, adding she was bring them water and food. 

Rainn Wilson, best known for playing Dwight Schrute on “The Office,” updated his Twitter followers on the status of his house: “We are safe and sound (oversees), our animals were rescued and our house (barely) spared.”

Wilson said the flames narrowly missed his property “by a dozen yards.”

Other celebrities, however, are still awaiting the fate of their homes. 

Cher couldn’t get her mind off her endangered residence while preparing for a concert. “Getting ready for show. Such an Unreal experience. Fires across The St. From My House, Cant See Neighbors House Through The (fire emoji).”

Also left waiting was Caitlyn Jenner. A hilltop home believed to be hers appeared intact when it was shot by a USA TODAY photographer on Saturday. 

Jenner’s representative, Alan Nierob, told USA TODAY that the Olympian “cannot confirm until she is allowed to return to her neighborhood and see firsthand the status of her home.”

Orlando Bloom shared a picture of flames creeping up on his neighborhood: “This is my street as of two hours ago praying for the safety of all my malibu fam, grateful to our brave firefighters please stay safe.”

Melissa Etheridge told her fans she remains evacuated. “I am not sure about our home, pretty sure it’s ok,” she wrote, adding “So many here have lost everything. It’s not over yet.”

“Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill tweeted that “although the (fires) are dangerously close to our home,” his family is “safe at the moment & rooting for our #FearlessFirefighters in their battle vs #MeanMotherNature.”

Jessica Simpson asked “the angels to keep surrounding our home” after evacuating. The actress thanked the “brave firefighters who have protected our home so far” and sent prayers for “everyone in California affected by these terrible fires.”

One Direction member Liam Payne tweeted his fear that he is “about to lose my house and its memories.” He also warned anyone caught in the fire to not “take unnecessary risks.”

These celebrities join Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West,Khloe Kardashian and famed director Guillermo del Toro, among others, who have shared their fears on social media as they wait to see if they have a home to return to. 

This story is developing.

Contributing: Leora Arnowitz and The Associated Press

Related: Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga evacuate homes amid Calif. wildfires: ‘Flames have hit our property’

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