Charles Schulz's home was destroyed in California's wildfires

Family members say some Peanuts items were lost.

The California home where cartoonist Charles M. Schulz lived after leaving his native Minnesota has been destroyed by this week's wildfires, family members say. 

Monte Schulz, the stepson of the Peanuts creator, told the San Jose Mercury News his mother was able to escape from the home at about 2 a.m. Monday but said the house in Santa Rosa was lost.

Schulz told the newspaper "there were a lot of Peanuts things in the house." But the majority of the original Peanuts comic strips and artwork are kept at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, where his widow, Jean Schulz leads the board of directors.

The museum is also in Santa Rosa and was closed this week when the area lost power and was evacuated. 

But its marketing director told the Sacramento Bee on Wednesday: "The museum is fine. There's no fire around it and everything is safe." 

The fires

There were 21 separate fires burning Thursday in a three-county area of northern California, ABC News reports, and at least 29 people have been killed by the flames. 

The fires have destroyed thousands of homes as well as wineries and resorts. 

ABC says more than half the deaths have been in Sonoma County, where Santa Rosa is located. 

Schulz's home for 40 years 

Sonoma County's airport is named after Charles Schulz, who lived there for 40 years until his death in 2000, the Mercury News says. 

According to the Schulz museum, the cartoonist was born in Minneapolis before his family moved to St. Paul, where he spent most of his youth.

After serving in World War II, he returned to Minnesota and lived with his father in an apartment above Carl Schulz's St. Paul barber shop, selling comics to the Saturday Evening Post and the Pioneer Press.

Schulz's comic strip Li'l Folks was renamed Peanuts in 1950.

It still appears in some newspapers and is regarded as one of the most popular and influential comic strips in American history. 

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