California fire threatens Rupert Murdoch's house

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2017

The 90,000-acre fire burning in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles, has swept through ridges and canyons to the sea and Santa Ana winds that drove it are expected to return with a vengeance overnight.

The wildfires that are raging throughout California have impacted the Bel Air estate of Rupert Murdoch, according to an NBC News report.

Firefighters battled to save multimillion-dollar homes in the path of the flames, which also forced the closure of the San Diego (405) Freeway in both directions.

Mr Murdoch's Moraga Bel Air winery issued a statement on Twitter on Wednesday saying, "We are watching the situation unfold very carefully along with everyone else".

An NBC4 reporter was live from outside the 21st Century Fox exec's spread this morning as flames approached, but the channel switched to other wildfire coverage before it caught fire. The property has been evacuated but based on what we're seeing on TV there may be damage to some buildings in the upper vineyard area.

Murdoch reportedly paid $28.8 million in 2013 to purchase the Moraga Estate vineyard; he discovered in the "Mansion" section of the Wall Street Journal, one of the newspapers the Australian-born media mogul owns.

"We believe the winery and house are still intact".

The Skirball fire has burned more than 150 acres as Santa Ana winds continue to create risky conditions. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency. THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work! About 200,000 people were under evacuation orders, reported AP.

Hundreds of homes have already been destroyed across the Los Angeles metropolitan area and as many as five fires have closed highways, schools and museums.

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