Among the hundreds of thousands of people affected by evacuation or damage to property, the following celebrities have been reported to have been affected by the fires:
David Duchovny — refused to evacuate
Olivia Newton John
Suzanne Somers — threatened again, she already lost one home in Malibu in January 2007.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered the California National Guard to make 1,500 guardsmen available to support firefighting efforts throughout Southern California.
Among structures destroyed? The Malibu Presbyterian Church and the residential home called the Kashan Castle, also known as Hodge Castle, a 10,500-square-foot hilltop landmark built in 1978. The castle had been listed for sale since March for $17 million. Firefighters retrieved and saved many historical relics from inside the Kashan Castle.