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Miley Cyrus has been left 'devastated' at the loss of her beloved Malibu home to the California wildfires, it has been reported.

The wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes across the west coast of America, ravaging land and leaving 230 people missing and a death toll of 31 so far.

In a series of tweets on Sunday night, the 25-year-old pop star confirmed the news of her home's destruction, and has stated her gratitude for the survival of her pets and 'love of my life', Liam Hemsworth.

Her pets were safely removed from the premises, and the singer called for fans to donate to the emergency services to prevent any further damage at all costs, especially loss of life.

She took the time to thank those who are supporting the relief efforts:

"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…. Donate $ , Time , Supplies I love you more than ever , Miley."

Other celebrities whose homes have been affected include Gerard Butler, Simon Cowell, Kim Kardashian West, Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke and Neil Young.

Actor Gerard Butler shared footage of the wreckage surrounding his home on social media, saying it was a "heartbreaking time" for Californians.

Caitlyn Jenner revealed to fans that the fire came within metres of her home.

"It was devastating out here in Malibu," she told Instagram followers. "You can see the hills are totally scorched. We're very, very lucky."

The fires have burned collectively over more than 6500 square kilometres, the rough equivalent to half the size of Sydney. 

US President Donald Trump has blamed the horrific wildfires which engulfed the state on "gross mismanagement".

The estimated amount of people who have been forced to flee their homes is roughly 300,000.

To give assistance to the emergency services, donate to the Red CrossThe CCF Wildfire Relief FundHumane Society of Ventura County, Baby2Baby or the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation

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Greek wildfires have reportedly claimed the lives of 60 people in the Attica region around Athens.

The country is experiencing the worst fire crisis in more than a decade, as summer temperatures have been high. 

The Press Association reports that Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras has declared a national three-day mourning period. 

A local official reportedly issued the sad news of the death toll to the media after the blaze has destroyed the seaside village of Mati. 

The town is located 40 km (25 miles) north-east of Athens.

The fire swept through Mati on Monday and places were still burning into Tuesday morning.

Mayor of the town of Rafina, Evangelos Bournous told Skai TV, that at least 60 people had lost their lives due to the fires.

Rescuers uncovered the remains of 26 victims, both adults and children in an open space.

Heartbreakingly, they were hugging as they passed away, just metres from the safety of the sea. 

Nikos Economopoulos, head of Greece's Red Cross, said:

"They had tried to find an escape route but unfortunately these people and their kids didn't make it in time. Instinctively, seeing the end nearing, they embraced."

Rescue services have been called upon to look for missing people.

Emergency workers are using boats and helicopters to get people off the beaches and to safety in a huge rescue effort.  

The wildfires are a recurring issue during the hot, dry summer months in Attica.

The flames were fanned by high winds this week.

However, the weather mightn't be the only cause of the current blazes.

Officials quoted by AFP news agency have suggested it may have begun via arsonists looking to loot abandoned homes. 

"Fifteen fires had started simultaneously on three different fronts in Athens," said government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos.

The official said in order to "observe and detect any suspicious activity", they had requested drones from the US. 

Desperate families attempting to flee to the safety of the sea were met by walls of smoke and flame. 

Those who did make it were picked up by Coastal patrol boats and private vessels.

"Thankfully the sea was there and we went into the sea, because the flames were chasing us all the way to the water," said recounted one survivor, Kostas Laganos.

"It burnt our backs and we dived into the water… I said, 'My God, we must run to save ourselves.'"

The death toll is expected to rise.



Three people lost their lives last Monday during the worst storm Ireland has seen in decades, and tragically the death toll continues to rise.

Over the course of the past two days, two men died while carrying out separate repairs in the aftermath of Storm Ophelia.

On Saturday, a man in his mid 70s, who was repairing his farm shed in Kilmacanogue, Co. Wicklow, died after falling from a ladder.

The following day, a man in his mid 50s died after sustaining injuries while repairing the roof of a shed in Kilgarriff outside Clonakilty in west Cork.

As per protocol, the Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority will conduct investigations into the incidents.

According to The Independent, post mortems will be carried out in both cases.

Clare O'Neill, Fintan Goss, Michael Pyke all died last Monday in tree-related incidents.



At least 23 people have lost their lives to wild fires in Northern California.

The death toll has almost tripled since Monday.

Firefighters are still battling the blaze, but are reportedly struggling to contain the out-of-control flames.


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The high winds which originally spread the fire have returned, making the work of emergency services extra challenging.

'Were not out of the woods and were not going to be out of the woods for a great number of days to come,' Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott told a news conference, according to RTE.

According to CNN, around 100 people have been treated for burns and smoke inhalation. Hundreds of people are thought to be missing due to the fires.


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Up to 20,000 people have evacuated the area, and new evacuations have been called.

Up to 2000 homes and businesses have been destroyed in the blaze.

Napa,Sonoma and Yuba counties In California are in a state of emergency due to the fires.

It has not yet been established what caused the fatal blaze.

'It is too early to tell whether any of the wildfires were started by humans,' Ken Pimlott, director of Cal Fire, told CNN.

'All these fires are under investigation.'

The fires were spread by strong winds in the area on Monday, and continue to burn.



35 people have died due to the extreme weather conditions caused by Hurricane Harvey, and a number of others are missing.

Hurricane Harvey has caused havoc in not only Texas, but now the state of Louisiana as well.

After causing mass flooding in the Lone Star State, the tropical storms record breaking rain fall has now set its sights on the neighbouring state.

People are fleeing their homes in Louisiana to seek shelter from the storm, much like a vast number of Texas residents currently in emergency shelters after being displaced by the storm.

32,000 people are in shelters in the wake of the storm.

'Catastrophic and life threatening flooding will continue in and around Houston, Beaumont/Port Arthur, eastward into southwest Louisiana for the rest of the week,' said the US National Hurricane Centre, according to RTÉ.

The storm has been moved from hurricane status to tropical depression status.