Wildfires Are Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's Los Angeles Home

07 December, 2017, 09:12 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Murdoch bought the property for $29.5 million in 2013

The fire devastating California's Bel Air community is also roaring through the vineyard of media mogul and Realtor.com owner Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch's Moraga Bel Air winery issued a statement on Twitter Wednesday saying, "We are watching the situation unfold very carefully along with everyone else". It has forced multiple evacuations and the 405 Freeway near the Getty Center was shut down.

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

People on Murdoch's estate were among those who had been ordered to evacuate; with NBC4 reporting that the estate was "burning down" although it is unclear if this also referred to Murdoch's house itself, which Bloomberg reported he bought as part of the estate he paid $28.8 million for in 2013.

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Murdoch's property is "a wine growing estate in the Santa Monica Mountains at an elevation of 600 to 900 feet, five miles from the Pacific Ocean", according to Moraga's website.

The Skirball fire has burned more than 150 acres as Santa Ana winds continue to create risky conditions.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, freeing state funds and resources to assist firefighters.

President Trump tweeted his thanks to first responders while writing that thoughts and prayers were with everyone in the fire's path. Several homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood had caught fire, Hollywood Life reported. That fire has already claimed 150 structures but the incident commander, Todd Derum, told the Associated Press that he thinks hundreds of homes have likely been destroyed.

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