The dramatic Skirball fire, which erupted in Los Angeles early Wednesday, may have reached Rupert Murdoch's Bel-Air estate and has threatened other multimillion estates in nearby neighborhoods whose star residents include Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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.
Later, the Los Angeles Times reported that the fire had grown near Murdoch's estate, but had not burned the property's buildings or vineyard. "Our main concern at the moment is for the safety of our neighbors and first respoders".
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".
I know what this is like 1st hand we survived the 1976 Bel Air fire, our Stradella Road home was spared.
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The media mogul purchased the estate in 2013 for $28.8 million, according to Bloomberg. In the posh Bel Air area, wildfire has destroyed "at least four and possibly six homes" and forced evacuation. The estate is located near the 405 freeway, which authorities have closed.
US President Donald Trump, in a tweet, asked people "to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials".
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.
Still, smoke rose in the air.