Rupert Murdoch's House Caught in California Wildfire

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

Murdoch confirmed the evacuation to The Hollywood Reporter and added "based on what we are seeing on TV there may be damage to some buildings in the upper vineyard area".

The home of Rupert Murdoch, located on the Moraga Estate vineyard just outside of Los Angeles, has been caught in the blazes of the wildfires now burning their way across the greater L.A. area. Even Rupert Murdoch's Moraga Estate vineyard is not immune to the flames, which NBC 4 in Los Angeles reported was being consumed in the 125 acre brush fire. "Our main concern at the moment is for the safety of our neighbors and first responders".

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.

Murdoch purchased the 13-acre winery and estate in 2013 for $28.8 million, according to Forbes. Almost 200,000 residents have been issued mandatory evacuation orders.

Chelsea Handler announced on Twitter that she had evacuated her house shortly before 9:40; her tweet also contained a swipe at President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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. The fire had reached 150 acres by 9:40 a.m. but was expected to grow due to gusting, 25-mph Santa Ana winds. On its website the Getty Center said it would be closed "to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region".

This story is developing.

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