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Rick Rubin post photo of California wildfires hitting Malibu

What makes the California wildfires so deadly is that they’ve created a firestorm that travels along the tops of trees, According to reader Walter (who apparently knows about such things), this creates massively high temperatures. When it hits the wooden roof of a house, it’s instantly ignited.

Producer Rick Rubin has a couple of homes plus a studio in Malibu. He took this shot from his place. Wow.

Neil Young also lost a home. Both Fred Durst and Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit lost their places to the fires.


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My pedalboard, 2 guitars, 2 amps, a 2×12 cabinet, several other pedals and misc equipment were inside this house.

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Flea of the Chili Peppers had to bug out.


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Jimi Hendrix saw these Southern California daze when he sang look at the sky turn hellfire red someone’s house is burning down down down down. The Los Angeles air is thick with smoke, ash, and ember and the danger has not passed. My house might have burned down down last night were it not for my friend Eric (in the second pic) who defied the evacuation orders and stayed up all through the night armed with his wits and a garden hose, and put out all the little fires at my house and my neighbors, saving our asses. He is a brave and beautiful, a selfless and kind man. So I was able to go be silly with my kids today and go get our nails painted funny colors, without bearing the heavy weariness of having lost all my stuff. We are not out of the woods yet, but with people like eric around we are gonna be ok. Times like these we have to do everything we can to help each other, listen to each other, step up for our neighbors. Empathy is everything, our greatest trait.

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Adam Jones of Tool was very lucky that the fire stopped on the other side of the highway from his house.

This is what’s left of the place owned by Miley Cyrus and fiance Liam Hemsworth.


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It’s been a heartbreaking few days. This is what’s left of my house. Love. Many people in Malibu and surrounding areas in California have lost their homes also and my heart goes out to everyone who was affected by these fires. I spent the day in Malibu yesterday and it was amazing to see the community pulling together to help each other out in any way they can. Malibu is a strong community and this event is only going to make it stronger. Thankful for the all the great local guys that helped keep smaller fires out around my property. I love u guys. I love you Malibu. Thank you to all the hero firefighters around California. It’s going to be a journey to rebuild. Stay strong all. To help/donate visit @malibufoundation and @happyhippiefdn

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Dozens of people have lost their lives. At a thousand people are still unaccounted for,

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