The Malibu home of Dancing with the Stars contestant Jane Seymour has been hit by the wildfires raging through California.

On the way to ABC’s studio to film the show, the actress said her husband James Keach was fighting the fire around their home.

She told showbiz website People.com: “As you can see, my husband is not here.
“The fire is close to our home, and there was a mandatory evacuation. My husband is illegally there, fighting the fire.”

Asked how she managed to focus on her dancing, Seymour, 56, said: “With great difficulty. I actually decided to abandon my cell phone. I told a friend if there’s something I need to know, then let me know.”

Malibu firefighter helicopters have also dropped water on the neighbourhood of Friends actress Courteney Cox and sprayed protective foam on the home of Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive of DreamWorks Animation.

He told the New York Post: “It’s been very touch-and-go for the last 24 hours.”

A spokeswoman for Sting said he left Malibu after the fire destroyed his neighbour’s house.

Mel Gibson, Kelsey Grammer and Victoria Principal also abandoned their homes, all of which were dangerously close to the flames.

More than a quarter of a million people have been evacuated and thousands of homes are at risk throughout southern California, US authorities said.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called it ‘a tragic time for California’ and pledged to do everything in his power to assist the firefighting effort and help those who have lost their homes.