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 on nearby.

The actor, 57, 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 which has been tearing its way through the region and the beach house 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

It comes as the California wildfire, which started on Monday near the Alisal Reservoir, and has now expanded to 15,360 acres driven intense winds – and was just 5 per cent contained by Wednesday evening. 

He reportedly refused to sell it after marrying second wife Angelina Jolie as he has a ‘sentimental’ attachment, even though she wasn’t a fan of the property.

The source said: ‘He enjoys letting friends and family stay there even if he doesn’t have a lot of time in his schedule to get up there as often as he’d like.’

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 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

It is dangerously close to the Alisal wildfire which has been tearing its way through the region and the beach house has been included in the evacuation warning zone (pictured)

It is dangerously close to the Alisal wildfire which has been tearing its way through the region and the beach house has been included in the evacuation warning zone (pictured)

A source in Hollywood said that Brad and his then-wife Jennifer Aniston (pictured together in 2000) used to spend a lot of time at the property before they split in 2005

A source in Hollywood said that Brad and his then-wife Jennifer Aniston (pictured together in 2000) used to spend a lot of time at the property before they split in 2005

Brad reportedly refused to sell the property (pictured) when he married second wife Angelina Jolie and now gives it to friends and family to stay there when they are in California

 Brad reportedly refused to sell the property (pictured) when he married second wife Angelina Jolie and now gives it to friends and family to stay there when they are in California 

Shifting winds posed new challenges for firefighters battling the blaze that has led to mandatory evacuations as it threatens ranches and rural homes and has kept Highway 101 shut down for days.

The major highway could remain shut until the weekend, said Andrew Madsen, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

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.

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.

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

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

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 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 wildfire has already caused damage at two mobile home parks, destroying some trailers, and one person suffered burns, officials said.

Fire crews desperately battled to save a ranch, which was at one time owned by former US 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, who frequently visited with his wife Nancy during his tenure in office. 

The 688-acre (278-hectare) 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 feeding on dense chaparral and grasses. 

Based on staff reports from the ranch, the fire was about a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) 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

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 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 on the ranch property, and fire retardant will be sprayed around its structures, the foundation said in a statement. It noted that helicopters have filled up with water from one of the ranch’s two lakes.

Firefighters working in steep, rugged terrain got help from more than a dozen water-dropping air tankers and helicopters that 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

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

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 American 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 much 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 that several days of moderate to heavy rain in mid-October, should ‘quell ongoing fire activity’. 

If the forecast 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 expected from October 20 and continue until October 26, and could bring up to 2 inches of rain across three days.

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