Rupert Murdoch's $30M Property Destroyed By Wildfire

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

Raging fires on the hills in the swanky Californian suburb of Bel-Air have provided a visually mesmerising backdrop for the drive home from work.

Authorities have ordered evacuations for "large swaths" of Bel-Air, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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

Murdoch purchased the opulent home - built in 1939 during Hollywood's golden age - in 2013 for the princely sum of US$30million.

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"The property was evacuated but based on what we are seeing on TV there may be some damage to some buildings in the upper vineyard area", he said in a statement on Twitter.

Murdoch, who lives there with his wife Jerry Hall when he's in L.A., told Bloomberg in July that he bought the vineyard after it appeared in the fifth edition of Wall Street Journal Mansion. Great wine, Moraga, owned by great Angelino, Tom Jones. We believe the winery and house are still intact.

The Skirball Fire alone has already burned more than 150 acres, with winds gusting to more than 50 miles per hour. "Right now, we're experiencing favorable wind conditions". The disaster started with the Thomas Fire on Monday evening before four other fires started Tuesday afternoon.

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. The fire is now being fought by hundreds of firefighters, Los Angeles Daily News reports, and at least four homes have already been destroyed.

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