Denise Richards Details Her Escape from the California Wildfires: "I Just Felt So Helpless"

Denise Richards Details Her Escape from the California Wildfires: "I Just Felt So Helpless"

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills newbie recalls being evacuated from her home with her family.

By Hannah Fusaro

After having to evacuate, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Denise Richards and husband Aaron Phypers returned to their neighborhood in Malibu to find much of it destroyed by the California wildfires. Fortunately, her home was left mostly unharmed. In The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills After Show, Denise detailed her experience.

"I've been through a lot of fires in Los Angeles; I've only been evacuated once. This was the second time and I just felt so helpless, like trapped. And I've never felt that before," she shared.

On the day they were evacuated, Denise and Aaron both had big plans. "I had a nanny come early in the morning because I was leaving for France with all the women. I thought I was still going to go on the trip; I didn't know how bad it was. Aaron was opening his center; that was the first day he was opening his center in Malibu; didn't open that day," Denise shared.

"I realized how bad it was when I saw the fires literally come down and then they jump to Point Dume. I've never seen a fire jump like this. We just put the nanny in a car with the kids and we just said, start leaving. We had to get the dogs. We were in two cars. I actually was scared because there was no movement on PCH [Pacific Coast Highway] and the cell towers kept going out," she said. "As you moved down PCH, the fire moved with you; it is [unreal]. Aaron was in front of me; I go, I'm going to run into the divider at this point. Like I'm ready to crash this car. We all just started going on the other lane... it was like to save your life. I've never seen anything like this."

As Denise recalled,  "There [were] over 450,000 people evacuated. This was like, everyone came together, doesn't matter how much money you have, if you're famous or not, to survive."

Watch Denise on RHOBH on Tuesdays at 9/8c. Preview, below.

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