Rupert Murdoch's Bel-Air Home and Vineyard Targeted by Los Angeles Fire


Rupert Murdoch's Bel-Air Home and Vineyard Targeted by Los Angeles Fire

Earlier a wildfire in a wealthy western area of Los Angeles reached an estate and winery owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch, the billionaire who controls 21st Century Fox Inc, said wildfires appear to have damaged some structures on the Moraga Estate vineyard where he lives.

Authorities have ordered evacuations for "large swaths" of Bel-Air, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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.

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.

In a statement tweeted by Murdoch's Moraga Bel Air, Murdoch writes that the situation remains fluid and that there "maybe be damage to some buildings" (read it in full below).

Murdoch's property at 1050 Moraga Ave. was bought in August 2013 for $28.8 million from former Northrop Corp. 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.

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

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

US President Donald Trump, in a tweet, asked people "to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials". THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work! The fire has burned more than 150 acres and destroyed at least six homes.

Bloomberg reported that the property is within the current evacuation zone, and NBC is reporting that it has caught fire.