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


Southern California has been witnessing numerous fires burning over acres of land, ravaging homes and the winds are further making the wildfires so destructive that it is getting hard for the firefighters to tackle the situation.

The wildfires that are raging throughout California have impacted the Bel Air estate of Rupert Murdoch, according to an NBC News report.

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

Around 1:30p a firefighter with Los Angeles County drove by Murdoch's property and noticed a portion of his vineyards on fire with gray smoke filling the air.

Murdoch release a statement saying "the property was evacuated but based on what we are seeing on TV there maybe damage to some buildings in the upper vineyard area".

An NBC4 reporter was live from outside the 21st Century Fox exec's spread this morning as flames approached, but the channel switched to other wildfire coverage before it caught fire.

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

Murdoch bought the 16-acre property for about $30 million in 2013.

It's been more than a half-century since a similarly Santa Ana winds-whipped fire devastated the Bel-Air community, destroying more than 500 houses including many owned by celebrities.

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his thoughts and prayers were with everyone in the path of the wildfires. I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials.

"THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work".

Mr Butler said four homes had been destroyed and 11 damaged since the blaze erupted before dawn on Wednesday in an area that includes many hilltop mansions.