California wildfires grow in size as flames reach Rupert Murdoch vineyard

California wildfires grow in size as flames reach Rupert Murdoch vineyard

It includes a large, five-bedroom residence as well as a winery and vineyard, which Murdoch uses to produce and sell wine.

Rupert Murdoch's home and winery in the Bel Air enclave of Los Angeles are under threat from nearby wildfires.

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). "Our main concern at the moment is for the safety of our neighbours and first responders".

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.

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.

I know what this is like 1st hand we survived the 1976 Bel Air fire, our Stradella Road home was spared.

Dr. Dre and Lachlan Murdoch, 21st Century Fox executive chairman, live in Bel Air's gated community, Brentwood Country Estates, while former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also owns a home in the neighborhood.

The media mogul purchased the estate in 2013 for $28.8 million, according to Bloomberg.

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

The Skirball Fire in the area south of scenic Mulholland Drive and north of Sunset Boulevard is just one of several major out-of-control brush fires that have sprung up in Southern California since Monday, when Santa Ana wind conditions set in. Almost 200,000 residents have been issued mandatory evacuation orders.

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