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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in the path of huge California wildfire – National


Michael Jackson's former residence, Neverland Ranch, is in the path of a California wildfire that has left one person dead. Evacuation order For this and other nearby farms and homes.

The blaze, called the Lake Fire, has been raging in the mountains of Santa Barbara County in Southern California since Friday afternoon.

As of Sunday evening, officials said the fire was only eight percent contained and its cause was under investigation.

Neverland Ranch, as well as other ranches, Immediate danger on Sunday eveningsaid Kenichi Haskett, public information officer for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).

A fire engine is seen near the entrance to Neverland Ranch, the former home of the late singer Michael Jackson, as the Lake Fire continues to burn in the Los Padres National Forest in Los Olivos, California, on July 7, 2024.

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Haskett told The New York Times on Monday that firefighters worked from Sunday night into Monday morning. Preventing fire It has already destroyed more than 20,000 acres of land. The cattle ranch, which is home to about 500 people and thousands of animals, is currently monitoring the fire to see where and when it will reach next.

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there were about 100 people ordered to evacuate On Sunday evening, fire broke out across the area, including at Neverland Ranch. According to The Independent, this property has been hit the hardest. Restoration site More recently it has been spotted as one of the filming locations for a biopic on the Jackson family, which is due for release next year.

Jackson owned the 2,700-acre property from 1998 until his death in 2009. He purchased the farmhouse for around US$17 million and built a train, a zoo, an amusement park with several fairground rides, and a 50-seat theater.

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He named the property after the fictional world of Peter Pan, and said he wanted to build a youthful paradise to make up for the childhood he never had.

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FILE – Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, November 18, 1990 Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Calif.

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The property became mired in controversy when several accusers came forward in the late 1990s and early 2000s saying Jackson had abused them at Neverland as children. Although they were acquitted in a 2005 trial, Jackson's reputation and that of Neverland Ranch were damaged and they never returned to live at the ranch.

Neverland was sold to billionaire investor Ronald W. Burkle for US$22 million in 2020. The property was renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch and the rides were removed.

California Fire said the Lake Fire is the largest fire in the state so far this wildfire season and one of 21 fires burning in California on Monday. The US Forest Service says more than 750 firefighters have been deployed to fight the blaze and are being supported by 10 air tankers and three helicopters.

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