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


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

A view of the vineyard before the fire.

Murdoch's Moraga Bel Air winery issued a statement on Twitter Wednesday saying, "We are watching the situation unfold very carefully along with everyone else".

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.

Murdoch's 16-acre Morgana Vineyards estate in the ritzy region is reportedly under extreme threat from the blaze.

As California is burning from wild fires and the lives of tens of thousands of Americans are devastated, there is one person who isn't too upset over the destruction of at least one home. That 1961 blaze led to numerous changes to local fire-safety rules, including mandatory brush clearing and later a ban on wood shingle roofs.

Lopez bought a $28 million estate in Bel Air past year while Aniston owns a $20 million property in the neighborhood, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Rupert Murdoch's Bel-Air vineyard is shown on the Moraga Estate website.

The Skirball fire has burned more than 150 acres as Santa Ana winds continue to create unsafe conditions. Over 200,000 residents in California were ordered to evacuate so far and the wildfires have been ongoing.

The Getty Museum tweeted that it would be closed to the public Wednesday and that air filtration systems were in use to protect the galleries from smoke.