Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Rupert Murdoch's $30M Property Evacuated As Skirball Fire Hits Bel-Air

Rupert Murdoch's $30M Property Evacuated As Skirball Fire Hits Bel-Air

Southern California has been witnessing numerous fires burning over acres of land, ravaging homes and the winds are further making the wildfires so destructive that it is getting hard for the firefighters to tackle the situation.

The wildfires that are raging throughout California have impacted the estate of Rupert Murdoch. The estate is located near the 405 freeway, which authorities have closed.

Bloomberg News reported earlier Wednesday that the area around Murdoch's Moraga vineyard in Bel Air was ordered evacuated as firefighters battled wind-whipped fires that continue to spread.

Video from a local NBC New report Wednesday showed flames at what the newscaster said was believed to be the 21st Century Fox mogul's home.

Later, the Los Angeles Times reported that the fire had grown near Murdoch's estate, but had not burned the property's buildings or vineyard.

The winery, bought by Mr Murdoch for about 30 million dollars in 2013, has been evacuated.

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She said firefighters stepped in to douse the flames with the aid of helicopters and that other storage sheds, the winery itself and the estate's unoccupied house are not damaged.

The Skirball Fire alone has already burned more than 150 acres, with winds gusting to more than 50 miles per hour.

Wildfires have been burning in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties since Monday evening.

"THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work". Almost 200,000 residents have been issued mandatory evacuation orders.

In the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, the Creek Fire destroyed at least 30 homes, blackened more than 11,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 2,500 homes and a convalescent centre north of Interstate 210 on Tuesday.

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