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The Woolsey wildfire is wreaking havoc on Southern California, burning indiscriminately through neighborhoods in the hills surrounding Los Angeles. The fire, which has spread to over 14,000 acres since it started just two days ago, has ravaged Agoura Hills, the swanky neighborhood that is home to an array of mansions and other luxury homes, including the iconic house used as the filming location for ABC's The Bachelor (opens in new tab)and (opens in new tab)The Bachelorette (opens in new tab).
As of Friday afternoon, the recognizable home was directly in the path of the flames, according to The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab). Sources told THR on Friday that the home's back patio was already ablaze and that the flames were moving toward the main house. The lower house on the property, which is often used as production headquarters while the reality series are filming, has been destroyed, THR reports.
The Bachelor (opens in new tab) is currently in production on Season 23 (opens in new tab), but it's late enough in the season that production has wrapped at the mansion and is now in the "travel the United States and the world" portion of filming. Although The Bachelor (opens in new tab) is not currently filming at the Agoura Hills home, that doesn't mean that the fires aren't posing a real danger there.
The home belongs to Marshall Haraden, who built the house in 2004 and lives there with his family when ABC isn't renting it out for filming. Haraden and his family clear out twice a year to accommodate filming, leaving for about 42 each time, according to a Today (opens in new tab) show profile on the home.
Mike Fleiss, the creator of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, tweeted support for both the iconic house and the greater area affected by the wildfires on Friday.
Pray for Malibu— and #TheBachelor Mansion... pic.twitter.com/D9t8VxFXeoNovember 9, 2018
To help those affected by the California wildfires, visit RedCross.org (opens in new tab), call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation. You can also donate via Facebook's Crisis Response page (opens in new tab) for the Woolsey Fire, which includes fundraising through GlobalGiving (opens in new tab) to help those affected by the fire.
Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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