Malibu, Calif., officials have now doubled their initial damage estimate and now report that more than 1,000 acres have burned in this weekend's brush fire. The massive blaze has put celebrities' homes at risk.
The fire is believed to have started when arcing power lines, downed by fierce Santa Ana winds, ignited dry brush around 5:00 AM Sunday.
California has had one of the worst droughts in years, leaving hillsides especially vulnerable to brushfires. Numerous structures and residences have already been lost. More than 500 firefighters from all over the area are fighting the flames - still being fanned by gusting winds, which are expected to continue for days.
Roughly 200 homes have already been evacuated, some of which are owned by celebrities in the popular beach community north of Los Angeles.
The Malibu County and Carbon Beach residents potentially affected by the blaze include Jennifer Aniston, Sting, Bill Murray, Nick Nolte, Robin Wright Penn, Mel Brooks, Howie Mandel, Tatum O'Neal, Rob Reiner, Goldie Hawn, Linda Ronstadt, Jeff Bridges, David Arquette and Courteney Cox, David Geffen, Mel Gibson, Jeffrey Katzenberg (father of David Katzenberg) and Tom Hanks.
TMZ reports that the LG House Malibu, which was home to several Hollywood parties this summer, is on fire. The fire is approximately one mile from Paris Hilton's house, but a ways away from where Britney Spears lives.
Here's hoping that all of these celebrities and everyone else in the area is unharmed as the area's finest continue to battle this potentially deadly fire.