Rupert Murdoch's LA home 'burning down' in wildfire

Postado Dezembro 07, 2017

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.

On Moraga Drive on Wednesday, gray smoke surrounded Murdoch's property, but the compound burned.

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. "It's Rupert Murdoch's property, that's what we're hearing from the neighbors who live here in Bel Air". Later, the Los Angeles Times reported that the fire had grown near Murdoch's estate, but had not burned the property's buildings or vineyard.

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

The 86-year-old Australian-born media mogul lives in a 7,500-square-foot house on the estate with wife Jerry Hall.

Mr Murdoch's property at 1050 Moraga Avenue was bought in August 2013 for US$28.8 million from former Northrop Corp CEO Tom Jones.

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

"I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials", Trump wrote on Twitter.

No casualties have yet been reported but thousands of homes are threatened by the fires, including in the luxury Bel Air area.

Mr Butler said four homes had been destroyed and 11 damaged since the blaze erupted before dawn on Wednesday in an area that includes many hilltop mansions.