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Miley Cyrus, Neil Young lose homes in California wildfires

The homes of Miley Cyrus and Neil Young

The homes of Miley Cyrus and Neil Young were destroyed by wildfires raging in Southern California. Credit: Composite photo; Getty Images for iHeart Media / Dia Dipasupil, left, and AP/Invision / Rich Fury

Singer-actress Miley Cyrus and rock-music legend Neil Young have become the latest performers to say they lost their homes to the wildfires that have been raging in California.

"Completely devestated [sic] by the fires affecting my community," Cyrus, 25, tweeted Sunday night. "I am one of the lucky ones. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that's all that matters right now," she wrote, presumably referring to her fiance, actor Liam Hemsworth, 28.

"My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong," she continued. "I am grateful for all I have left. Sending so much love and gratitude to the firefighters and LA country Sheriff's department!  If you are interested in getting involved see next tweet," she wrote urging fans to "Donate $, Time, Supplies" to a variety of California-wildfire disaster funds and related organizations.

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Neil Young said on Sunday, a day before his 73rd birthday, that his house also has been destroyed.

"California is a paradise for us all. A gift. We are sad to not be able to defend it against Mother Nature's wrath," he wrote on his official website. "We love California. We are not ill-prepared. We are up against something bigger than we have ever seen. Firefighters have never seen anything like this in their lives. I have heard that said countless times in the past two days, and I have lost my home before to a California fire, now another."

He additionally took aim at President Donald Trump's much-criticized tweet blaming the fires, which occur amid California's natural ecosystem, on poor forest management by the state, despite nearly 60 percent of California forests being under federal management and two-thirds of the remainder under private control.

"California is vulnerable -- not because of poor forest management as DT (our so-called president) would have us think," Young wrote, adding that due to global climate change, "Our temperatures are higher than ever here in our hottest summer on record. …. DT seems to be the Denier" of the scientific consensus, including that of NASA, that global warming is likely the result of human activity.

Others in the entertainment industry who have lost homes to the wildfires include Gerard Butler, Camille Grammer, Martin Sheen and Robin Thicke.

Also Sunday night, Kim Kardashian at the People's Choice Awards acknowledged the fires and the recent mass shooting in Southern California's city of Thousand Oaks, which was also subsequently hit by flames. "It's been a really rough week in our home in Calabasas, Hidden Hills, and [for] our neighbors in Thousand Oaks and Malibu," the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star, 38, said as she accepted her family's award for favorite reality show of 2018. "Our hearts are broken from the horrific shootings and those who have lost their lives and homes, as well as the hundreds of thousands of us that have been evacuated from the devastating fires that are currently burning."

She added, "As horrible as this has been, it's been amazing to see the resilient spirit of everyone involved, the heroism of those risking their lives on the front lines." Urging viewers to donate to applicable organizations, she said, "We would like to dedicate this win to all of the firefighters, the law enforcement and the first responders. … We really, truly appreciate what you have done for all of us."


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