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Rupert Murdoch's vineyard estate threatened by Bel-Air fire

07 Décembre 2017

On Wednesday, former Hillary Clinton advisor Neera Tanden deleted a tweet mocking 21st Century Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch - whose house was said to be burning down in the California wildfires.

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

The fire erupted around 5 Brentwood just east of the 405 freeway, across from the Getty Center.

"The Bel Air fire of '61 had a similar footprint. we lost over 500 homes in that fire".

She said firefighters stepped in to douse the flames with the aid of helicopters and that other storage sheds, the winery itself and the estate's unoccupied house are not damaged.

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

The billionaire's $28.8 million, 16-acre estate includes the home he shares with his wife Jerry Hall, along with a winery and vineyards-all of which are under threat from the wildfires. 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.

The Skirball fire broke out early Wednesday morning and has already stretched more than 100 acres.

President Trump tweeted his thanks to first responders while writing that thoughts and prayers were with everyone in the fire's path.

Although no casualties have been reported, the fires have forced mass evacuations, cancellation of classes at dozens of schools and resulted in the loss of power at more than 250,000 homes in Ventura County.

Rupert Murdoch's vineyard estate threatened by Bel-Air fire