Brad Pitt’s $5.5million California beach house is under evacuation warning as Alisal wildfire rages
Brad Pitt‘s $5.5million California beach house is under a ‘threat to life’ evacuation warning as the Alisal wildfire rages nearby.
The actor, 57, has owned the property in Goleta, north of Santa Barbara, since 2000, the year he married actress Jennifer Aniston. The former couple used it for ‘romantic’ getaways.
Now, it is dangerously close to the Alisal wildfire and has been included in the evacuation warning zone, meaning it is at significant risk from the fire.
Brad Pitt’s $5.5million California beach house in Goleta (pictured) is under a ‘threat to life’ evacuation warning as the Alisal wildfire rages on
The evacuation zone for the Alisal Fire stretches along the Gaviota Coast, north of Santa Barbara. Area residents are either in the red mandatory orders zone, and must leave immediately, or the yellow warning zone, that advises them to prepare to leave.
Mandatory evacuation orders are in place in Arroyo Hondo Canyon, Refugio Canyon, and the area between El Capitán State Beach and West Camino Cielo.
The wildfire, which started on Monday near the Alisal Reservoir, has expanded to 15,360 acres, driven by intense winds. It was just 5 percent contained Wednesday evening.
The actor, 57, (pictured) has owned the property, located north of Santa Barbara, since 2000, the year he married Jennifer Aniston, and the former couple used it for ‘romantic’ getaway
The beach house getaway (pictured) is dangerously close to the Alisal wildfire, tearing its way through the region, and has been included in the evacuation warning zone
The Alisal Fire has charred more than 15,360 acres (24 square miles) of dense chaparral in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara
The evacuation zone for the Alisal Fire remains in place along the Gaviota Coast (pictured), north of Santa Barbara, with residents either in the red mandatory orders zone, and must leave immediately, or the yellow warning zone, that advises them to prepare to leave
Shifting winds posed new challenges for firefighters battling the blaze that has kept Highway 101 shut down for days. The major highway could stay closed until the weekend, said Andrew Madsen, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.
The Alisal Fire charred more than 15,360 acres (24 square miles) of dense chaparral in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara.
While the scenic region along the Pacific shoreline is lightly populated, the blaze was a threat to more than 100 homes, ranches and other buildings, fire officials said.
The wildfire already has damaged at two mobile home parks, destroying some trailers, and one person suffered burns, officials said.
Shifting winds posed new challenges for firefighters battling the blaze which started on Monday near the Alisal Reservoir, and was just 5 per cent contained by Wednesday evening
A firefighter watches on his fire engine as smoke rises from a wildfire in Goleta, California on Wednesday
Flames rise from the wildfire as it rages through Southern California coastal mountains threatening ranches and rural homes
Fire crews desperately battled to save a ranch, which was at one time owned by former US President Ronald Reagan in Santa Barbara County. The property is the Regans’ former vacation home, which they visited frequently during his tenure in office.
The 688-acre (278-hectare) Rancho del Cielo, where Reagan also hosted world leaders, was known as the Western White House during his presidency. It sits atop a mountain range, above the flames feeding on dense chaparral.
Based on staff reports from the ranch, the fire was about a half-mile away Wednesday evening, but that section of the blaze was not as active as others, said Jessica Jensen, vice president and chief of staff of the Young America’s Foundation, which now operates the ranch.
‘We are thankful that there has been no fire activity on the actual Reagan Ranch property. The Ranch, itself, is still in a very defensible position,’ Jensen said in an email to The Associated Press.
Fire crews desperately battled to save a ranch (pictured), which was at one time owned by former President Ronald Reagan, from being set ablaze by the Alisal Fire in Santa Barbara County
The property itself is the former vacation home of President Reagan (pictured), who frequently visited with his wife Nancy during his tenure in office
The area hadn’t burned since 1955, according to the conservative youth organization.
Fire engines were at the ranch, and fire retardant was sprayed on its structures, the foundation said in a statement.
Crews also protected an ExxonMobil facility in a canyon surrounded by flames.
More than a dozen water-dropping air tankers and helicopters returned to the skies amid calmer daytime winds. But changing winds could keep aircraft grounded, said Los Padres National Forest Fire Chief Jim Harris.
‘As the winds shift, it’s the most dangerous time, and critical time, of the fire, because the fire will change direction on us,’ Harris said.
Firefighters working in steep, rugged terrain got help from more than a dozen water-dropping air tankers (pictured on Wednesday) that returned to the skies amid calmer daytime winds
A burnt-out boat is pictured in Goleta, California after a wildfire on Wednesday
County of Santa Barbara Fire Department firefighters extinguish a roadside fire off off the U.S. 101 Highway in Goleta on Wednesday
The National Weather Service said there would be a new round of south Santa Barbara County’s notorious Sundowner winds, and other parts of California were also expected to experience increased fire danger.
California wildfires have scorched nearly 3,900 square miles (10,101 square kilometers) this year and destroyed more than 3,600 homes, businesses and other structures, according to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
A historic drought in the West tied to climate change is making wildfires harder to fight. It has killed millions of trees in California alone. Scientists say climate change has made the West warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive.
However, SFGATE reported that meteorologists are hoping several days of moderate to heavy rain in mid-October, should ‘quell ongoing fire activity’.
If the rainfall arrives, the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center said it could ‘help improve drought conditions… and replenish water resources throughout the West Coast.’
The rain is forecast from October 20 and continue until October 26, and could bring up to 2 inches of rain across three days.