As wildfires take over California, some celebrities are paying for private firefighters to rescue their homes.
Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate in both northern and southern California, while their homes are left for the fires to consume.
And while most are unable to do nothing in the interim, some celebrities have been paying to protect their properties.
Of those celebrities, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West allegedly hired a private team of firefighters to protect their $60 million home.
A few weeks ago on November 9th, Kim tweeted her 59 million followers how the fires had come upon their home.
“I heard the flames have hit our property at our home in Hidden Hills but now are more contained and have stopped at the moment. It doesn’t seems like it is getting worse right now, I just pray the winds are in our favor. God is good. I’m just praying everyone is safe.”
I heard the flames have hit our property at our home in Hidden Hills but now are more contained and have stopped at the moment. It doesn’t seems like it is getting worse right now, I just pray the winds are in our favor. God is good. I’m just praying everyone is safe 🙏🏼
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 9, 2018
A private team of firefighters dug ditches to prevent the fire from spreading, saving the mansion from being engulfed in flames according to TMZ.
Last week, the pair had evacuated their home under a mandatory state order — which meant the entire area had to be evacuated.
The property was purchased by Kim and Kanye in 2014 and since then, they have invested millions into renovating it.
Amenities include a huge master bedroom, spa, huge closet space and a recording studio for Kanye.
And as the pair have been living in the mansion for less than a year, it made sense why they wanted to do everything possible to save their home.
But that was not all.
The firefighters also saved houses in the surrounding areas as well.
Many of the Kardashian-West neighbors, after speaking to TMZ, say they have thanked the celebrity couple for having the firefighters save their homes.
It may come to surprise to many as some insurance companies provide ‘wildire mitigation serivces’ which allow clients to save themelseves in the event of a worst-case fire scenario while those most vulnerable [like the elderly or those with disablitliies] are still at risk, according to Motherboard.
AIG, is one of those companies. They have a Wildfire Protection Unit for private clients which is made up of AIG employees who are certified through either the state or local authorities.
Along with protecting homes with flame retardants, they are also able to respond to fires and mapping homes in real time as wildfires approach.
The north fire in the state of California is being called ‘Camp Fire,’ while the southern fire is being called the ‘Woolsey Fire.’
The Woolsey Fire has burned through at least 91,000 acres, killing two people and destroyed 370 structures.
Camp Fire has become, officially, the deadliest single wildfire on record after killing 48 people and destroying over 8,800 homes and businesses – specifically in the town of Paradise according to the Independent.
Currently, firefighters are working overtime to contain the brutal fires.
You can donate here to help those affected by the fires here at GoFundMe.
If you are currently being affected by the California fires, visit Cal Fire for up to date information regarding evacuation centers as well as containment.
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