Wildfires Are Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's Los Angeles Home

07 December, 2017, 09:12 | Author: Benny Bass
  • Rupert Murdoch's estate is dangerously close to the fast moving fire and is completely covered in smoke as of Wednesday afternoon

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.

A view of the vineyard before the fire.

Moraga posted a statement on its Twitter account: "We are watching the situation unfold very carefully along with everyone else". The property, last valued at $30 million, includes a 7,500-square-foot house and the 13-acre Moraga Vineyards.

The Tom Jones he mentioned is not the singer but the former chief executive at Northrup Grumman, who had lived there since the late 1950s. It's unclear if the fire is burning the vineyard or the house as well. That 1961 blaze led to numerous changes to local fire-safety rules, including mandatory brush clearing and later a ban on wood shingle roofs. The property, which the Fox News CEO purchased in 2013, is on Moraga Drive, which was one of the first streets to be evacuated Wednesday morning.

The Associated Press reported that the evacuation orders affected around 200,000 people and that almost 200 homes had already been destroyed. The wildfires are also putting the infamous Getty Center is jeopardy, which was closed on Wednesday, along with UCLA's campus where the flames are also threatening to spread.

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