Friday, 15 December, 2017

Wildfire burns homes, Rupert Murdoch's winery in LA's posh Bel-Air area

Flames from a wildfire work their way down a slope behind a home in the Bel Air district of Los Angeles Wednesday where several celebrity homes are endanger Report: Rupert Murdoch's LA home 'burning down' in wildfire
Kenny Thornton | 07 December, 2017, 12:08

A view of the vineyard before the fire.

Moraga Estate, the only working winery in Bel-Air and home of Twenty-First Century Fox and Fox News Chairman Rupert Murdoch, appears to be the latest casualty of wildfires spread by the Santa Ana winds in Southern California.

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).

Inside Murdoch's property, Moraga Vineyards, a temperature-controlled wine storage shed burned after which firefighters tried to douse the flames but realised that it was not possible. "Our main concern at the moment is for the safety of our neighbors and first responders".

Video from a local NBC New report Wednesday showed flames at the 21st Century Fox mogul's home.

United States defense secretary meets Pakistan's prime minister
When asked if he would "prod" Islamabad to take more action, he replied: "That's not the way I deal with issues". We are still suffering very badly from the Afghan war. "Nobody wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan".

I know what this is like 1st hand we survived the 1976 Bel Air fire, our Stradella Road home was spared. In the posh Bel Air area, wildfire has destroyed "at least four and possibly six homes" and forced evacuation.

Murdoch's property at 1050 Moraga Ave. was bought in August 2013 for $US28.8 million ($A40.3 million).

The Skirball Fire alone has already burned more than 150 acres, with winds gusting to more than 50 miles per hour.

Authorities have not issued an official evacuation but are advising residents to leave Mandeville Canyon, which has become popular for the stars and other members of the Hollywood elite "thanks to its privacy and 'country living, '" the Hollywood Reporter said.

The Getty Museum tweeted that it would be closed to the public Wednesday and that air filtration systems were in use to protect the galleries from smoke.

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