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Wildfire claims home of 'Peanuts' creator Charles Schulz

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The home of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz burned to the ground in the deadly California wildfires but his widow escaped, her stepson confirmed to USA Today Thursday.

78-year-old Jean Schulz evacuated before flames engulfed her hillside home Monday and is staying with a daughter, Monte Schulz.

The Schulzes built the split-level home in the 1970's and the cartoonist lived there until his he passed away in 2000. 

Family members say that Schulz typically worked away from his home at an outside studio.

Most of his original artwork and memorabilia are at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, which escaped the fires currently burning in the state. 

Schulz had long ties to Santa Rosa and to Sonoma County. Schulz and his first wife Joyce built a home in the city of Sebastopol in 1958. Also, the airport in Santa Rosa Airport is officially named the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, displaying bronze sculptures of the Peanuts characters.

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