Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Wildfires Are Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's Los Angeles Home

Wildfires Are Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's Los Angeles Home

A view of the vineyard before the fire.

Wildfires raging throughout California have reached the house of Rupert Murdoch, according to NBC News.

The fire brought back memories of the 1961 Bel-Air fire, in which movie stars including Maureen O'Hara and Fred MacMurray fought to save their homes - a seminal event that fed apocalyptic visions of Los Angeles for decades to come.

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. "Our main concern at the moment is for the safety of our neighbours and first responders".

I know what this is like 1st hand we survived the 1976 Bel Air fire, our Stradella Road home was spared.

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.

Dr. Dre and Lachlan Murdoch, 21st Century Fox executive chairman, live in Bel Air's gated community, Brentwood Country Estates, while former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also owns a home in the neighborhood.

US President Donald Trump, in a tweet, asked people "to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials".

Although no casualties have been reported, the fires have forced mass evacuations, cancellation of classes at dozens of schools and resulted in the loss of power at more than 250,000 homes in Ventura County. The estate is located near the 405 freeway, which authorities have closed.

The fire had reached 150 acres by 9:40 a.m. but was expected to grow due to gusting, 25-mph Santa Ana winds.

Still, smoke rose in the air.

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