Actor Pierce Brosnan returned to his Malibu beach house to find the neighborhood heavily damaged by the Californian wildfires.
A pained grimace washed over the James Bond star’s face as he stepped out of a Land Rover and looked over the area that had been torched by flames, on Tuesday.
Brosnan and his family had been forced to evacuate their $3.5million property after the Woolsey Fire swept through Southern California over the weekend.
The 65-year-old and his wife Keely Shaye Smith were seen returning home on Tuesday. Smith could be seen wearing a respirator mask so she would not breathe in any of the harmful smoke and ash that was still in the air.
After surveying the damage, Brosnan appeared in front of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night to ask that aid be provided to the area.
‘For over 35 years, I have witnessed many fires in my community and experienced the devastation of those fires up close and personal, but none as catastrophic as the events that have taken place in our community these past five days,’ he said.
Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely Shaye Smith were seen returning home after being evacuated from their home over the weekend when the Woolsey Fire swept through Malibu
A pained look washed over Brosnan’s face when he saw the fire damage in his neighborhood on Tuesday
Smith was wearing a respirator mask to protect herself from smoke and ash polluting the air
Brosnan was forced to evacuate his $3.5million Malibu beach house (above) over the weekend
The actor is pictured above with his wife Keely Shaye Smith days before the fires broke out
After surveying the damage around his neighborhood, Brosnan spoke in front of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night to share his experience and ask for aid
Brosnan continued: ‘The lives of many families, friends and neighbors have been turned to ash.
‘Many cannot be with us today because they are fighting to protect their property and homes and they simply cannot get out as they fight to survive without water, electricity, food, gas and, in some cases, shelter.
For over 35 years I have witnessed many fires in my community but none as catastrophic as the events that have taken place in these past five days.
‘We have watched as our firefighters and police force have battled with overwhelming courage of heart and conviction to save our homes and our lives in conditions that have tested their resolve to the limits.
‘We call on you this day, we beseech you to do everything in your power to save our community.
‘My wife and I are here today speaking on behalf of our friends, mothers, children to give a voice to their pain.’
The James Bond star had his head in his hands as he approached his scorched beach home in Malbu after the devastating wildfires swept through the area
Brosnan sits in his car on his phone after catching the first glimpse of the fire’s toll on the area
Brosnan helps his wife unload the car as a neighbor in a face mask walks by with a suitcase
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin also spoke at the meeting.
‘I’m here just to reassure everybody that we as a community are going to do our utmost to help ourselves, but there is sometimes an image of Malibu that people like me are there more than other people, and there’s a lot of people who need help from outside from you,’ he told the board.
A number of celebrities have lost their houses in the Woolsey Fire, including Neil Young, Kim Basinger, Robin Thicke, Camille Grammer and Gerard Butler.
Brosnan’s home – which was under construction for over two years and finished in 2014 – also stood in the fire’s path.
The property includes a guest suite, four bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, with neighbors including Steven Spielberg and Dustin Hoffman.
Many celebrities were forced to leave their plush properties as the fire destroyed homes and businesses across the Thousand Oaks area as well as upmarket Malibu and Calabasas
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin also spoke at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday
On Tuesday the death toll from wildfires across the state was said to have hit 59 as it was announced by experts rain is expected to hit the region.
According to Accuweather, California could see precipitation as early as this weekend or beginning of next week, which will provide much-needed moisture to the wildfire-struck region.
Accuweather President Joel N. Myers said, however: ‘While there is a chance for some meaningful rainfall next week, it is unlikely that we will see enough precipitation to end the fires across Southern California.
‘There is a somewhat better chance for enough rainfall to diminish the fires in Northern California.’
A pair of storms is currently forming across the Pacific Ocean.
The Bay Area is expected to receive one inch of rain by next Friday, while areas of Southern California are could receive half an inch, according to Mercury News.
The Weather Channel is predicting a 40 per cent chain of rain for San Francisco and Los Angeles – with the rain expected to fall in San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day and continue into Tuesday. In LA, the rain is predicted to fall Wednesday and last through Friday.
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Meteorologists are predicting rainfall across the wildfire-struck state for Thanksgiving. Tape marks a spot where sheriff’s deputies recovered the body of a Camp Fire victim on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, in Paradise
A cadaver dog searches through properties as search and rescue crews look for human remains in Paradise on November 14
Rescuers are seen working among debris after the wildfire in Paradise, California on November 13
A rescuer works among debris after the wildfire in Paradise, California on Tuesday
Steve Anderson, forecaster with the National Weather Service, told Mercury News by mid-week there will likely be ‘a change in wind direction ahead of the cold front.’
Anderson said: ‘The smoke should be blown out by then. The smoke will be blown to the northeast, to Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Canada.
‘The amount of rain and where it will fall the most is still up in the air, but things are looking pretty good.
‘The humidity will go way up – it will help lay down the fire and help the fire crews to make faster progress on it.’
With scores of people still missing, National Guard troops searched Wednesday through charred debris for more victims of California’s deadliest wildfire as top federal and state officials toured the ruins of a community completely destroyed by the flames.
Maps released by NASA on November 13 show burned areas of California Woolsey and Camp fires
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joined Governor Jerry Brown on a visit to the leveled town of Paradise, telling reporters it was the worst fire devastation he had ever seen.
‘Now is not the time to point fingers,’ Zinke said. ‘There are lots of reasons these catastrophic fires are happening.’
He cited warmer temperatures, dead trees and the poor forest management.
Brown, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump’s policies, said he spoke with Trump, who pledged federal assistance.
‘This is so devastating that I don’t really have the words to describe it,’ Brown said, saying officials would need to learn how to better prevent fires from becoming so deadly.
About 7,700 homes were destroyed when flames hit Paradise, a former gold-mining camp popular with retirees, on November 8. The death toll across the state has risen to 59.
Wildfire burns in Oroville, California on November 13. The death toll across the state has risen to 59
Home owners talk with firefighters about their damage home in Point Dume, Malibu Tuesday morning