LA fire reaches Rupert Murdoch's estate, threatens other stars' homes

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

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

Video from a local NBC New report Wednesday showed flames at what the newscaster said was believed to be the 21st Century Fox mogul's home. If this fire spreads across the hillside, that is going to be a major problem, devastating to the vineyards.

Murdoch's 16-acre Morgana Vineyards estate in the ritzy region is reportedly under extreme threat from the blaze. "Our main concern at the moment is for the safety of our neighbors and first respoders".

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 fires rampaging across Southern California have ripped through a Bel-Air canyon in the hills above the University of California, Los Angeles, an elite enclave where backyard tennis courts are the norm and Rupert Murdoch owns a US$30 million vineyard estate.

According to the real estate news site Curbed, Murdoch's home was valued at close to $30 million when he purchased it.

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Officials urged residents in the mandatory evacuation area to leave and suggested that residents west of the freeway begin packing and forming a plan for where to go if evacuations became necessary.

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 fire had reached 150 acres by 9:40 a.m. but was expected to grow due to gusting, 25-mph Santa Ana winds.

Still, smoke rose in the air.

UCLA, which is less than five miles away from the fire, made a decision to close classes for the day, the Hollywood Reporter said.

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