LA fire reaches Rupert Murdoch's estate, threatens other stars' homes

A fire crew passes a burning home in Ventura
Credit MIKE BLAKE REUTERS

A fire crew passes a burning home in Ventura Credit MIKE BLAKE REUTERS

Murdoch's Moraga Bel Air winery issued a statement on Twitter Wednesday saying, "We are watching the situation unfold very carefully along with everyone else".

Rupert Murdoch's $30 million vineyard, the Moraga Estate, is also being threatened by the Skirball fire, according to NBC News.

Rupert Murdoch's home and winery in the Bel Air enclave of Los Angeles are under threat from nearby wildfires. "Our main concern at the moment is for the safety of our neighbors and first respoders".

"Wizard of Oz" director Victor Fleming previously owned the property, which he built in 1939, and Thomas V. Jones purchased it in 1959 with his wife Ruth.

Moraga Estate, acquired in 2013 for US$28.8 million, is squarely in the evacuation zone.

A Moraga employee reached by phone said all employees had been evacuated, but could not confirm whether the property or its facilities had been directly impacted by the fire.

The estate is almost 16 acres (6.4ha) with 13 acres of grapevines. NBC reported that staff at the villa was ordered to evacuate the property, which features a 7,500-square-foot house that's surrounded by olive trees and chicken. The fire had reached 150 acres by 9:40 a.m. but was expected to grow due to gusting, 25-mph Santa Ana winds.

In the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, the Creek Fire destroyed at least 30 homes, blackened more than 11,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 2,500 homes and a convalescent centre north of Interstate 210 on Tuesday.

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