ELLEN DEGENERES has opened up about how California's wildfires almost claimed her home, revealing she put up 16 firefighters for the night to repay them for their bravery.
The blaze ravaged hillsides in Ventura County near Los Angeles over the weekend (04-05May13), putting dozens of homes at risk of burning to the ground.
The fires spread due to strong winds, and the flames headed dangerously close to DeGeneres' farm. Firefighters raced to the scene to battle the blaze and ensure it didn't reach the TV funnywoman's estate, and now the star has detailed the blaze drama.
In a segment she taped for her talk show, which will air on Tuesday (07May12), DeGeneres says, "It was really scary. I don't know if you were watching the news over the weekend here in Los Angeles in the California area... There were just fires everywhere. This was our farm. I wasn't there."
Showing footage of the property, she says, "We had someone there taking care of it... we had to evacuate the horses and scary as can be (sic). That's one of the cabins, it's like right behind. Just unbelievable, the air quality is still really, really bad out there. But everything was charred. People lost a lot of land. No houses were lost.
"The firefighters are amazing. You women and men who do this are amazing. So we were up against a mountain and I was watching our house on the news. The helicopter was above our house. It's just surreal to be watching... that's our house.
"The firefighters were based in several homes in our area. And our farm was one of them. They were on our property. And we had 16 firefighters that spent the night there. They had dinner there. They had breakfast there. They showered there. We were so glad that we could help them. They worked so, so hard. So thank you to all the firefighters everywhere."