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Wildfires Continue To Burn Near Oprah's Montecito Home
Posted on Fri Nov 14, 2008 02:16 PM PDT

Oprah Winfrey MontecitoFire200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Massive wildfires continue to rage through the steep hillsides near Oprah's home in Montecito, California.

As of Friday afternoon, more than 80 homes had been destroyed and hundreds of acres charred.

On her talk show Friday, Oprah sent a message to those affected by the blaze.

"All our prayers are with all the folks and neighbors in Santa Barbara. Hope you're well today. And those of you who lost your homes, our hearts go out to you."

According to fire officials, Oprah's property has not been damaged by the fire.

Rob Lowe, who also lives in the area, called into show. He told a harrowing tale of trying to escape the flames.

"We got in the car, pulled out of the driveway and the entire mountain behind us was flames, 200 feet high, shooting into the air...This thing came on so fast, you just can't believe it."

"I'm very lucky," he continued. "My house is fine. Although I'm looking—I'm talking to you right now and I'm looking out of my office and I can see the smoke billowing still..."

"I've lived out here since 1976 and seen a lot of fires, but last night...I mean, I watched 12, 13 homes burn to the ground. It's so tragic. It's so sad. And this is the worst I have ever seen by far," Lowe said.

The actor later told KABC-TV his home was ultimately spared, but as they left, the wind was blowing at 70 miles an hour and "it was just like Armageddon."

Both Lowe's and Winfrey's homes are less than a mile from many of the homes destroyed in the blaze, and Winfrey's 42-acre estate is within several hundred yards of the mandatory evacuation zone.

Many other celebrities have homes in the area, including Michael Douglas, Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Costner.


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