Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines shares pics as California wildfires rage nearby Instagram/1nataliemaines

This year has undoubtedly thrown a lot at all of us, leaving so many feeling a bit emotionally battered right about now. But perhaps nothing else has left us feeling as helpless as some of the weather phenomena that wreaked havoc on our country this year, from hurricanes to tornados to torrential rainstorms.

And 2017 is not finished with us yet.

Currently, the state of California is being assaulted by another round of wildfires, causing countless  residents in the greater Los Angeles area to flee for their lives. And current forecasts say things might just get worse before they get better, as winds are expected to strengthen in the coming days.

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“These will be winds where there will be no ability to fight fires,” Chief Ken Pimlott of Cal Fire, the state firefighting agency, warned on Wednesday, as reported by “The New York Times.” “This will be about evacuations and getting people out from in front of any fires that start.”

Of course, these kinds of natural disasters don’t care who you are or how much money you make, meaning that even a number of stars have shared their experiences as they fled the fire or at least made changes to best combat the smoke.

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One of those stars is the Dixie Chicks’ very own Natalie Maines.

“Good morning L.A.,” Natalie wrote to her Instagram followers on Dec. 6 alongside a picture of her wearing a protective fire mask to prevent smoke inhalation. She even shared a similar photo of her dog, captioning it, “Even King is prepared.”

Fans quickly commented to Natalie, sending their prayers and asking just how close the fires were to the country star. “Got the car packed and prepared to evacuate,” Natalie told one fan.

The picture also made Natalie’s Instagram a place for California fans to congregate and share their own experiences with the terrifying fire. “It’s so bad,” one fan wrote. “I got stuck in Sunland last night. Super scary. Stay safe and keep that mask on!”

Another fan shared, “Be careful and safe. Ventura County is scary, too. So much smoke.”

And many fans sent a friendly reminder to Natalie to safeguard some of her most treasured items, including her Grammy Awards! And she has plenty of them – 12 to be exact! Fans will recall that the Dixie Chicks earned their first Grammys back in 1998 for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (“There’s Your Trouble”) and Best Country Album (“Wide Open Spaces”). Just two years later, the trio performed on the Grammy stage for the first time with their hit song, “Goodbye Earl.” Their most recent Grammys were handed to them back in 2006, when they took home four.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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