Schwarzenegger evacuates due to California wildfire

Schwarzenegger evacuates due to California wildfire
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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) confirmed Monday that he was among those forced to evacuate amid ongoing wildfires across the state.

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Schwarzenegger said in a tweet that he complied with an evacuation order around 3:30 a.m. on Monday.

“If you are in an evacuation zone, don’t screw around. Get out. Right now I am grateful for the best firefighters in the world, the true action heroes who charge into the danger to protect their fellow Californians,” he added.

NBC correspondent Maria Shriver, Schwarzenegger’s ex-wife, also evacuated, tweeting, "We have evacuated, but we’re safe. Praying for our neighbors."

NBA star LeBron James also said the blazes had forced him to evacuate, tweeting, “Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far!”

The fires prompted California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomOvernight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Federal stockpile of emergency medical equipment depleted, House panel says Newsom: California has contract for 200M masks per month MORE (D) to declare a state of emergency over the weekend. Pacific Gas and Electric has cut power to about 2.35 million people across 38 counties, with the National Weather Service warning of winds up to 75 miles per hour that could exacerbate the fires.

“I’m seeing people reporting that they’re going to stay and fight this fire,” Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick said. “You cannot fight this. Please evacuate.”

The Kincade Fire, meanwhile, has burned about 30,000 acres in Sonoma County and led to the evacuations of nearly 200,000 people, while in the southern part of the state, the Tick Fire also prompted tens of thousands of evacuations.