Marc Summers was one of the 1,600 Santa Barbara County residents forced to evacuate their homes, The Blast has learned.
We're told the iconic 90s "Double Dare" host was given a mandatory evacuation order Saturday morning as strong winds fueled the devastating Thomas fire. Summers and his family were forced to flee their Santa Barbara home.
The Blast spoke with Summers, who tells us although the evacuation order came yesterday, Summers and his family packed up all their valuables a week ago. Summers told us, "All the important stuff is out of there. Everything else can be replaced!"
The Nickelodeon legend tells us he and his family "hung as long as we could. The entire area is a ghost town. Sad for families that lost their homes and for businesses in the Santa Barbara community that are missing out on the holiday shopping. It will hurt our economy and afraid many might close their shops."
Summers added, "The firefighters are the true heroes. When it's all over, our town needs to throw them a gigantic thank you party!"
Before evacuating, Summers posted a video on Instagram shockingly close to the blaze where winds were up to 65 mph.
Summers is under mandatory evacuation orders until Wednesday.