California fire threatens Rupert Murdoch's house

  • 07/12/2017

Wildfires raging throughout California have reached the house of Rupert Murdoch, according to NBC News.

Mr Murdoch's Moraga Bel Air winery issued a statement on Twitter on Wednesday saying, "We are watching the situation unfold very carefully along with everyone else. Our main concern at the moment is for the safety of our neighbours and first responders."

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 affected by the fire.

Video from a local NBC News report on Wednesday showed flames at what the newscaster said was believed to be the 21st Century Fox mogul's home.

Mr Murdoch's property at 1050 Moraga Avenue was bought in August 2013 for US$28.8 million from former Northrop Corp CEO Tom Jones. Part of the property was once a horse ranch owned by film director Victor Fleming, who made The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind.

The estate is nearly 16 acres (6.4ha) with 13 acres of grapevines. The main residence is 7724 square foot (717 sqm) and the property includes a two-bedroom guest house and a 4400 square-foot office building.

The Skirball fire has burned more than 150 acres as Santa Ana winds continue to create dangerous conditions. Mandatory evacuations were put into effect on Wednesday morning in Bel Air. The fire has destroyed at least six homes.

Reuters / Newshub.

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