California fires threaten Murdoch estate in wealthy Bel Air area

California fires threaten Murdoch estate in wealthy Bel Air area

The property, which the Fox News CEO purchased in 2013, is on Moraga Drive, which was one of the first streets to be evacuated Wednesday morning.

The estate has been evacuated and the house, and vineyards, appear to have suffered little damage, according to The Guardian.

Mr Murdoch bought the estate in 2013 for $28.8m after seeing an advert for the property in in Wall Street Journal, a USA newspaper he owns.

More than 150 structures were reported destroyed near Ventura.

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has declared a state of emergency, with the so-called Skirball blaze forcing evacuations of thousands of residents in the exclusive enclave.

Hot, dry seasonal winds are expected to fan the fires.

"We are in the beginning of a protracted wind event", Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told the Los Angeles Times.

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

In the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, the Creek Fire destroyed at least 30 homes, blackened more than 11,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 2,500 homes and a convalescent centre north of Interstate 210 on Tuesday.

No other wine producers have reported damage from the current fires, although many buildings in the area are now under threat from fire damage. Later, three helicopters dropped water to tackle the fire.

Deputy Fire Chief Charles Butler said firefighters and aircraft stopped the growth of the 475-acre blaze in the Bel Air neighbourhood.

The latest wildfires come two months after the deadliest set of blazes in the state's history broke out in Northern California's wine country, causing losses of almost $10 billion (Dh36.7bn).

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

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