wnol.info July 21 2018

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

July 21 2018, 12:22 | Irvin Gilbert

Flames consume a home on Via Arroyo as a wildfire rages in Ventura California on December 5. AP

California wildfire

The wildfires that are raging throughout California have impacted the estate of Rupert Murdoch.

Fires ignited on Monday throughout southern California and have already burnt through 100,000 acres, with fires still burning in Ventura Counties, including Ojai, to the the east of Los Angeles, on the edge of Santa Barbara wine country. Later, the Los Angeles Times reported that the fire had grown near Murdoch's estate, but had not burned the property's buildings or vineyard.

The house and vineyard property bought by the Fox News and News Corp mogul in 2013 is understood to be in an evacuation zone heavily threatened by the 125-acre Skirball fire. In the posh Bel Air area, wildfire has destroyed "at least four and possibly six homes" and forced evacuation.

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.

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

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In a Facebook statement, Mr Murdoch said some neighbours suffered heavy losses and his thoughts and prayers were with them.

Murdoch bought the Moraga estate as a home for when he and wife, Jerry Hall, visit the U.S. west coast.

US President Donald Trump, in a tweet, asked people "to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials".

On Wednesday firefighters managed to stop the spread of a wildfire that has destroyed homes near the world-famous Getty museum in Los Angeles.

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