Destructive wildfires continue to burn in northern California, with the death toll now reaching 40 people. Thousands of homes have also been damaged or destroyed, including the home of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the Santa Rosa home of the late cartoonist was completely destroyed by the flames. Schulz’s son Monte Schulz reported that his stepmother, Jean Schulz, was able to evacuate safely, however.
The beloved cartoonist and creator of the Peanuts comic strip which ran in 2,600 newspapers while Schulz was alive, lived in the Santa Rosa house from the 1970s until his death in 2000.
“It’s the house he died in,” said Monte. “All of their memorabilia and everything is all gone.”
Thankfully for Peanuts fans, however, the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, which is also located in Santa Rosa, has not been damaged in the wildfires.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Schulz is revered as an influential figure in the community. The Santa Rosa airport has been named the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport. The airport even has a recreation of his beloved character Snoopy, flying on his doghouse as he often did in the comic strip or in Peanuts TV specials.
According to the Los Angeles Times, firefighters are making progress on containing the fires, but there is still much work to be done.
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Publication date: October 16, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.