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Drone footage shows helicopters dousing cars with water as they escape inferno on Californian highway

Horrifying new footage shows cars fleeing desperately on a Californian highway, escaping an inferno as helicopters battle the blaze from above.

Helicopters and air tankers fly back and forth, trying to put out the fire while also soaking the cars on a tight bend.

Cars are driving on the wrong side of the road, hugging the median, staying as far away from the fire as possible. A big cloud of grey smoke fills the air.

In some parts of the motorway cars and trucks are bumper to bumper and down to one lane as they drive past the fire that looks to be just metres away from them.

This fire in Simi Valley, next to the 118 Ronald Reagan freeway, is one of two new fires that have broken out in south California, according to the Daily Mail.

The other broke out in Thousand Oaks which is a town that is still in shock from a mass shooting that killed 12 people.

These two fires are in addition to the Camp Fire in northern California that has killed at least 42 and the Woolsey fire near Los Angeles that has killed two.

This destructive fire has destroyed dozens of homes, including a number of celebrity mansions.

Some of the celebrities affected include Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke and Gerard Butler.

Liam Hemsworth tweets, “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.”

Miley Cyrus tweets, "Completely devestated by the fires affecting my community. I am one of the lucky ones. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that’s all that matters right now. My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong. I am grateful for."

The famous couple have donated US$500,000 (NZ$740,000) to fire victims to The Malibu Foundation through Cyrus’ charity, The Happy Hippie Foundation, according to the Independent.

Cyrus and Hemsworth hope their donation will "restore Malibu’s magic."

The Malibu Foundation was created to support the community of Malibu and its neighbours as they work to rebuild after the Woolsey Fire, the website says.

“These funds will be used for those in financial need, emergency relief assistance, community rebuilding, wildfire prevention and climate change resilience,” the statement reads.

The foundation thanked Miley and Liam for their generous donation.