Rupert Murdoch's $30M Property Evacuated As Skirball Fire Hits Bel-Air

Rupert Murdoch's $30M Property Evacuated As Skirball Fire Hits Bel-Air

But it's the smaller (comparatively) of the blazes that's now torching its way through the exclusive Bel-Air region, threatening scores of celebrity homes including that of News Corp boss and noted climate change denier, Rupert Murdoch. On its website the Getty Center said it would be closed "to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region".

As for Murdoch's house, given that it's a property owned by a man who once tweeted this...

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. The property, last valued at $30 million, includes a 7,500-square-foot house and the 13-acre Moraga Vineyards.

Moraga Estate, acquired in 2013 for US$28.8 million, is squarely in the evacuation zone.

First lady Melania Trump visits Harvey responders, dines at Whataburger
In nearby Rockport, Trump and Pence were joined by Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott and Land Commissioner George P. They also visited a local elementary school to speak with teachers and students about the storm.

The Skirball Fire in the area south of scenic Mulholland Drive and north of Sunset Boulevard is just one of several major out-of-control brush fires that have sprung up in Southern California since Monday, when Santa Ana wind conditions set in.

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".

No casualties have yet been reported but thousands of homes are threatened by the fires, including in the luxury Bel Air area. 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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