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TV Star Johnny Galecki's House Burns To The Ground in California Wildfire

The home of Roseanne star and Hollywood actor, Johnny Galecki has been destroyed by a sprawling wildfire in Central California.

Galecki's ranch, which is 190 miles from Los Angeles, went up in flames along with neighboring property in the 1,200 acre fire that quickly moved through the area.

Now named The Hill Fire, 2 fires were initially reported in the area, but later merged into one.

Nearly 250 people were evacuated from their homes on Monday night according to KSBY.

By Tuesday, a 2.5 square-mile wildfire in the region of San Luis Obispo, California was 60% contained.

Heavy brush, steep terrain, narrow roads and warm temperatures all contributed to the fires escalation according to Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms.

Continue to the next page to see the impact of the fire on Galecki.

The road is still closed, and the 42 year-old actor has yet to return to the property to see if he can salvage anything from his home.

"My heart goes out to all in the area who are also experiencing loss from this vicious fire, the threat of which we live with constantly, which may seem crazy to some but we do so because living in our beautiful, rural area makes it worthwhile," Galecki tells TMZ.

Galecki was a season-regular in the hit ABC sitcom Roseanne from 1992-1997 before starring as Dr. Leonard Hofstadter on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory starting in 2007.

The ranch in San Luis Obispo that was claimed by the Hill Fire was not Galecki's primary residence.

"It's never the structures that create a community -- it's the people. And if the people of Santa Margarita have taught me anything it's that, once the smoke has cleared, literally and figuratively, it's a time to reach out and rebuild," the Big Bang Theory star says.

"We've done it before, and will need to do it together again, and it will make our community even closer and stronger. Endless thanks to CalFire and the Sheriff's Office. I know you guys are fighting the good fight to keep us safe. So very relieved no one has been hurt," he said.

Galecki spent the weekend performing at Chicago's Country LakeShake Festival and was not home during the time of the fire.

Sources: People / TMZ / USA Today / CNN