The 57-year-old actor has owned property in Goleta, north of Santa Barbara, since 2000, the year he married the actress. Jennifer Aniston. The former couple used it for a ‘romantic’ getaway.
Now, it is dangerously close to the Allisal wildfire and is included in the evacuation warning zone, meaning it is at significant risk from fire.
Brad Pitt’s $5.5 million California beach house in Goleta (pictured) is under ‘life-threatening’ evacuation warning as Aliselle wildfires flare up
The evacuation zone for the Alisal Fire extends north of Santa Barbara along the Gaviota Coast. Area residents are in either the red mandatory order area, and should leave immediately, or the yellow alert area, which advises them to prepare to leave.
Mandatory evacuation orders are in place in the area between Arroyo Hondo Canyon, Refugio Canyon and El Capitan State Beach and West Camino Cielo.
The wildfires that started on Monday near Elisal Reservoir have spread to 15,360 acres due to strong winds. It was just 5 per cent on Wednesday evening.
The actor, 57, (pictured) has owned the property north of Santa Barbara, since 2000, the year he married Jennifer Aniston, and the former couple used it for a ‘romantic’ getaway.
The beach house stampede (pictured) is dangerously close to the Alisal wildfire, tearing its way through the area, and has been included in the evacuation warning zone
The Alisal Fire has burned more than 15,360 acres (24 sq mi) of dense chaparral in the Santa Ynez Mountains, west of Santa Barbara
The evacuation area for Alisal Fire is north of Santa Barbara, along the Gaviota Coast (pictured), with residents living in either the red mandatory order area, and must leave immediately, or the yellow alert area, which advises them to prepare. have to leave
The moving winds posed new challenges for firefighters battling the fire, which kept Highway 101 closed for several days. US Forest Service spokesman Andrew Madsen said major highways could remain closed through the weekend.
The Alisal Fire burned more than 15,360 acres (24 sq mi) of dense chaparral in the Santa Ynez Mountains, west of Santa Barbara.
Fire officials said the scenic area along the Pacific coastline has a mild population, but the fire was a threat to more than 100 homes, farms and other buildings.
Officials said the wildfire has already damaged two mobile home parks, destroyed some trailers, and burned one person.
The moving winds posed new challenges for firefighters battling the fire, which began on Monday near the Alisal Reservoir, and was only 5 percent down as of Wednesday evening.
A firefighter looks at his fire engine as smoke rises from a wildfire in Goleta, California, on Wednesday
Flames rise from wildfire as it ripples through Southern California’s coastal mountains, endangering farms and rural homes
A satellite image shows the Alisel forest fire burning from above, with heavy smoke rising from the fire
Firefighters worked hard to save a farm once owned by former US President Ronald Reagan in Santa Barbara County. The property is the former vacation home of the Regans, which he visited frequently during his term 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, feeding on a dense chaparral above the flames.
Jessica Jensen, vice president and chief of staff of the Young America Foundation, said that based on staff reports from the farm, the fire was about half a mile away on Wednesday evening, but that part of the fire was not as active as the others. Now runs the farm.
‘We are grateful that there has been no fire activity on the actual Reagan Ranch property. The Ranch, itself is still in a very defensive position,’ Jensen said in an email to the Associated Press.
Fire crews fight desperately to save a ranch (pictured) once owned by former President Ronald Reagan (pictured) from being set ablaze by Alisel Fire in Santa Barbara County.
The property itself is the former vacation home of President Reagan (pictured), who frequented his wife Nancy during his term in office.
According to the conservative youth organization, the area had not burned since 1955.
The foundation said in a statement that fire engines were on the farm and its structures were sprayed with fire retardant.
Crew also guarded an ExxonMobil facility in a valley engulfed by flames.
Amidst the calm winds of the day, more than a dozen water-dropping air tankers and helicopters returned to the skies. But changing winds could stall the plane, Los Padres National Forest Fire Chief Jim Harris said.
“With the change of winds, this is the most dangerous time of fire and a critical time, because the fire will change our direction,” Harris said.
Firefighters working in steep, rough terrain were helped by more than a dozen water-dropping air tankers (pictured Wednesday) that returned to the skies amid the day’s calm winds
A burnt-out boat is pictured in Goleta, California, after a wildfire on Wednesday
Firefighters from the Santa Barbara Fire Department put out a roadside fire from US 101 Highway in Goleta on Wednesday
A lit landscape near Refugio Road is pictured after the Alisal Fire passed through the Santa Barbara County area 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 expected to experience a fire hazard as well.
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’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
A historic drought tied to climate change in the West is making it harder to fight wildfires. It has killed millions of trees in California alone. Scientists say climate change has made the West hotter and drier over the past 30 years and will make the weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive.
However, SFGATE Reported that meteorologists are expecting several days of moderate to heavy rain in mid-October, ‘ongoing fire activity should calm down’.
If rain does come, the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center said it could ‘help improve drought conditions … and replenish water resources throughout the West Coast.’
Rain is forecast from October 20 and will continue through October 26, and can bring up to 2 inches of rain over three days.