Meghan and Harry’s £11m mansion at risk of ‘severe wildfires’ – Neighbours ‘worried sick’ | Royal | News
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved from Windsor to Montecito last year when they quit as working royals. But officials have warned of “drought-like conditions” after one of the driest years for rainfall in a decade.
And a neighbour has said locals are “worried sick about how bad this fire season will be”.
Christina Favuzzi, Montecito Fire Public Information Officer, told The Sun: “We are facing concerning conditions in terms of record-low fuel moistures and predicted weather patterns.
“Those factors could lead to a severe fire season.
“On [Meghan and Harry’s road] and in all areas of the Montecito Fire Protection District, we have been conducting extensive wildfire prevention work in order to educate, prepare and protect our community.
“By this time last year, Montecito had received more than 17 inches of rain, according to the Santa Barbara County Flood Control District, marking an average rainfall year.
“So far in 2021, our community has received about 10 inches of rain, making this one of the driest rainfall years in the last decade.”
The Montecito Fire Department declared the start of high fire season on May 3 – two weeks earlier than in 2020.
Santa Barbara County Fire also revealed county had just 47 percent of the normal rainfall in the 2020-21 season.
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A source, who lives close to Meghan and Harry, said locals were “worried sick” about this year’s fire season.
She told The Sun: “The Sussexes’ place is right in the firing line, unfortunately.
“They live in the foothills of Montecito where there are hundreds of stands of eucalyptus that tend to explode because they’re full of oil, rather than merely burn.
“A lot of people in our neighbourhood are on edge, worried sick about how bad this fire season will be.”
Meghan and Harry, who are expecting their second child, have set up home in a sprawling mansion in Montecito with their young son Archie.
The couple lived at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor before Megxit saw them leave the UK for a new life in America.
The Sussexes may have hired private firefighters – like other celebrities such as the Kardashians have done in the past.