Rupert Murdoch's House Caught in California Wildfire

Flames from a wildfire work their way down a slope behind a home in the Bel Air district of Los Angeles Wednesday where several celebrity homes are endanger

Report: Rupert Murdoch's LA home 'burning down' in wildfire

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 fire devastating California's Bel Air community is also roaring through the vineyard of media mogul and owner Rupert Murdoch.

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.

The wildfires that are raging throughout California have impacted the Bel Air estate of Rupert Murdoch, according to an NBC News report. Murdoch then bought the property in 2013 for $28.8 million. "Our main concern at the moment is for the safety of our neighbours and first responders".

A Moraga employee whom Variety reached by phone "said that all employees had been evacuated, but could not confirm whether the property or its facilities had been directly impacted by the fire".

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Bloomberg reported that the property is within the current evacuation zone, and NBC is reporting that it has caught fire. Almost 200,000 residents have been issued mandatory evacuation orders.

Chelsea Handler announced on Twitter that she had evacuated her house shortly before 9:40; her tweet also contained a swipe at President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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

Still, smoke rose in the air.

This story is developing.

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