Rupert Murdoch's $30 million Southern California estate is under threat from wildfires

In Bel Air where several celebrities reside a fire firefighter is seen containing fire at this home

In Bel Air where several celebrities reside a fire firefighter is seen containing fire at this home

The Bel-Air fire that has destroyed homes and forced major evacuations is burning near the vineyard estate of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

As evening fell Wednesday, the so-called Skirball fire had scorched 190 hectares of thick chaparral, destroying four homes on Moraga Drive at the bottom of the canyon and Casiano Drive on its west ridge.

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

"We believe the winery and house are still intact".

Local news affiliate NBC4 reported Wednesday that the estate, located on a vineyard outside of Los Angeles and across the 405 freeway from the Getty Museum, was "burning down". 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.

Rupert Murdoch's $30 million vineyard, the Moraga Estate, is also being threatened by the Skirball fire, according to NBC News.

The Skirball fire has burned more than 150 acres as Santa Ana winds continue to create unsafe conditions.

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.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, freeing state funds and resources to assist firefighters. THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work! 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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