Brad Pitt’s $5.5 million California beach house is under a “life-threatening” evacuation warning as the Alisal wildfire rages nearby.
The 57-year-old actor has owned the property in Goleta, north of Santa Barbara, since 2000, the year he married Jennifer Aniston, and the former couple used it for “romantic” getaways.
Now it is dangerously close to the Alisal wildfire that has made its way through the region and the beach house is included in the evacuation warning zone meaning it is at significant risk from the fire.
Brad Pitt’s $5.5 million California beach house in Goleta (pictured) is under a ‘life-threat’ evacuation warning as the Alisal wildfire rages on
It comes as the California wildfire that started Monday near the Alisal Reservoir, has now expanded to 15,360 acres due to intense winds — and only 5 percent was under control Wednesday night.
A Hollywood source told The Sun that Brad and his then-wife Jennifer Aniston spent a lot of time at the property before splitting up in 2005.
He reportedly refused to sell it after marrying his second wife Angelina Jolie because he has a “sentimental” attachment even though she wasn’t a fan of the property.
The source said: ‘He likes to have friends and family stay there, even though he doesn’t have a lot of time in his schedule to get there as often as he’d like.’
The 57-year-old actor (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 a “romantic” getaway
It is dangerously close to the Alisal wildfire that has carved its way through the region and the beach house is included in the evacuation warning zone (photo)
A Hollywood source said Brad and his then-wife Jennifer Aniston (pictured together in 2000) spent a lot of time at the property before splitting up in 2005.
Brad reportedly refused to sell the property (pictured) when he married his second wife Angelina Jolie and is now giving it to friends and family to stay there when in California
Changing winds posed new challenges for firefighters fighting the blaze that has led to mandatory evacuations as it threatens ranches and rural homes and closed Highway 101 for days.
The major highway could remain closed until the weekend, said Andrew Madsen, a spokesman for the US 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.
Although the scenic region along the Pacific coast is sparsely populated, the fire posed a threat to more than 100 homes, ranches and other buildings, firefighters said.
Changing winds posed new challenges for firefighters fighting the blaze that started Monday near the Alisal reservoir and was only 5 percent under control by Wednesday night.
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 bushfire has already damaged two mobile home parks, destroying some trailers and leaving one person with burns, officials said.
Firefighters fought desperately to save a ranch once owned by former US President Ronald Reagan from the Santa Barbara County fire caused by the Alisal Fire.
The property itself is the former vacation home of President Reagan, who often visited with his wife Nancy during his tenure.
The 278-acre Rancho del Cielo, where Reagan also hosted world leaders and was known as the Western White House during his presidency, sits atop the mountain range, above the flames that feed on dense chaparral and grasses.
According to ranch personnel reports, the fire was about a half mile away on Wednesday night, but that part of the fire wasn’t as active as others, said Jessica Jensen, vice president and chief of staff for the Young America’s Foundation, which now operates the ranch.
“We are thankful there was no fire on the Reagan Ranch property. The Ranch itself is still in a very defensible position,” Jensen said in an email to The Associated Press.
Firefighters fought desperately to save a ranch (pictured), once owned by former President Ronald Reagan, from the Alisal fire in Santa Barbara County
The property itself is the former vacation home of President Reagan (pictured), who often visited with his wife Nancy during his tenure.
According to the conservative youth organization, the area had not burned down since 1955.
There were fire trucks on the ranch property and fire retardant will be sprayed around the structures, the foundation said in a statement. It noted that helicopters have been filled with water from one of the ranch’s two lakes.
Firefighters working in steep, rugged terrain received help from more than a dozen water-dropping air tankers and helicopters returning to the sky amid calmer daytime winds. But changing winds can ground planes, said Los Padres National Forest Fire Chief Jim Harris.
“When the wind turns, it’s the fire’s most dangerous and critical time because the fire will change direction on us,” Harris said.
Firefighters working in steep, rugged terrain received help from more than a dozen water-dropping air tankers (pictured Wednesday) returning to the sky amid calmer daytime winds
Wildfires in California have scorched nearly 3,900 square miles (10,101 square kilometers) this year and destroyed more than 3,600 homes, businesses and other buildings, according to the State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
A historic drought in the American West linked to climate change is making wildfires more difficult to fight. It has killed millions of trees in California alone. Scientists say climate change has made the West much warmer and drier over the past 30 years and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and devastating.
However, SFGATE reported that meteorologists hope several days of moderate to heavy rain in mid-October will “suppress ongoing fire activity.”
If the forecasted rainfall comes, the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center said it “could help improve drought conditions … and replenish water resources across the West Coast.”
Rain is expected from October 20 and continues through October 26, and can bring up to 2 inches of rain over three days.