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


Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch's $30 million Bel-Air property has been set ablaze by the Skirball fire sweeping through Los Angeles.

On Moraga Drive on Wednesday, gray smoke surrounded Murdoch's property, but the compound burned. The vineyard is located near the 405 Freeway, which has been partially closed down.

The fire brought back memories of the 1961 Bel-Air fire, in which movie stars including Maureen O'Hara and Fred MacMurray fought to save their homes - a seminal event that fed apocalyptic visions of Los Angeles for decades to come.

Video from the local NBC News affiliate showed flames at what the newscaster said was believed to be the 21st Century Fox mogul's 16-acre estate, which includes 13 acres of grape vines, Variety reported. The property has been evacuated but based on what we're seeing on TV there may be damage to some buildings in the upper vineyard area.

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.

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Murdoch lives in the 7,500-square-foot house with his wife Jerry Hall.

Murdoch's property at 1050 Moraga Ave. was bought in August 2013 for $US28.8 million ($A40.3 million).

The fire had reached 150 acres by 9:40 a.m. but was expected to grow due to gusting, 25-mph Santa Ana winds.

Los Angeles is being scorched at the moment thanks to some fairly unprecedented wildfires that are now overrunning some of the wealthier, more-celebrity filled areas of the city, forcing mass evacuations. THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work!

No casualties have yet been reported but thousands of homes are threatened by the fires, including in the luxury Bel Air area. The fire has destroyed at least six homes.