Rupert Murdoch's $30 Million Property Reportedly Set Ablaze in California Wildfires

Rupert Murdoch

If this fire spreads across the hillside, that is going to be a major problem, devastating to the vineyards.

"From initial reports, we're hearing it belongs to Rupert Murdoch".

No casualties have yet been reported but thousands of homes are threatened by the fires, including in the luxury Bel Air area.

The fires rampaging across Southern California have ripped through a Bel-Air canyon in the hills above the University of California, Los Angeles, an elite enclave where backyard tennis courts are the norm and Rupert Murdoch owns a US$30 million vineyard estate.

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The fire erupted around 5 a.m.in Brentwood just east of the 405 freeway, across from the Getty Center.

But it's the smaller (comparatively) of the blazes that's now torching its way through the exclusive Bel-Air region, threatening scores of celebrity homes including that of News Corp boss and noted climate change denier, Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch, the billionaire who controls 21st Century Fox Inc, said wildfires appear to have damaged some structures on the Moraga Estate vineyard where he lives. The estate is nearly 16 acres and includes a main residence that's almost 8,000 square feet. Murdoch's property at 1050 Moraga Ave. was bought in August 2013 for $28.8 million from former Northrop Corp. We believe the winery and house are still intact.

The fire captured in the video is part of the Skirball fire, which has burned through more than 150 acres, destroyed at least six homes, and sparked evacuations. The fire is now being fought by hundreds of firefighters, Los Angeles Daily News reports, and at least four homes have already been destroyed.

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