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Big Bang Theory actor Johnny Galecki

Big Bang Theory actor's ranch burns down as wildfires sweep across western US states

As well as California, homes have also been evacuated in Utah and Arizona.

THE HOME OF Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki has been destroyed in a wildfire in California.

Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman for the 42-year-old actor, says his home on a ranch in the San Luis Obispo area was destroyed by the wildfire on the state’s central coast.

By last night, a 6.5 square kilometre wildfire in the region was 60% contained.

Fire officials have only confirmed that the wildfire has destroyed one building and have no details, but the full damage done by wildfires often can’t be assessed until they have been mostly contained.

About 250 residents were ordered from their homes in the area of Santa Margarita after the blaze erupted on Monday, but yesterday night they were told they could return home.

Galecki plays Dr Leonard Hofstadter on the show, one of the most popular on US TV. He also was a regular on the sitcom Roseanne.

Meanwhile, a wildfire burning today through a dense Arizona forest has forced hundreds of people from their homes, closed a major road and created a huge plume of smoke over the same area devastated by a blaze that killed 19 firefighters four years ago.

The fire near the small city of Prescott, fanned by 56 kph winds, has charred more than 73 square kilometres. More than 500 firefighters were battling the blaze.

Goodwin Fire Fire raging in Arizona Les Stukenberg / The Daily Courier via AP Les Stukenberg / The Daily Courier via AP / The Daily Courier via AP

Elsewhere across the western US, Utah firefighters braced today for more high winds as they try to slow a stubborn wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people from a ski resort town.

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