The Skirball Fire in LA Is Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's House

The Skirball Fire in LA Is Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's House

The Skirball Fire in LA Is Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's House

The Bel Air blaze is only one of four other wildfires now being tackled around Southern California.

A wildfire scorched a building at a winery estate owned by 21st Century Fox and Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch.

News reported this morning that the 125-acre Skirball Fire (named for its proximity to the Skirball Cultural Center) has begun to consume Murdoch's Moraga Estate vineyard in Bel-Air.

The estate has been evacuated and the house, and vineyards, appear to have suffered little damage, according to The Guardian.

"We are monitoring the situation as closely as we can and are grateful to the efforts of all the first responders".

'There are presently more than 300 LAFD firefighters assigned to what is called the "Skirball Fire", with resources from allied agencies supporting the firefight, ' reported a statement from the LA Fire Department, at 10pm Wednesday 6th December, local time.

Deputy Fire Chief Charles Butler said firefighters and aircraft stopped the growth of the 475-acre blaze in the Bel Air neighbourhood.

In addition to Murdoch's home, other high-profile celebrities living in the affected area include Gwyneth Paltrow, Scrubs showrunner Bill Lawrence, Ari Emanuel, Dr. Dre, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Murdoch reportedly paid $28.8 million in 2013 to purchase the Moraga Estate vineyard; he discovered in the "Mansion" section of the Wall Street Journal, one of the newspapers the Australian-born media mogul owns.

They produce 10,000 bottles a year, around 70% of which is red Bordeaux-blends, and 30% is Sauvignon Blanc.

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