California wildfires grow in size as flames reach Rupert Murdoch vineyard
Dec 07 2017 by Francis Osborne
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.
Deputy Fire Chief Charles Butler said firefighters and aircraft stopped the growth of the 475-acre blaze in the Bel Air neighbourhood. The property has been evacuated but based on what we're seeing on TV there may be damage to some buildings in the upper vineyard area.
Around 1:30p a firefighter with Los Angeles County drove by Murdoch's property and noticed a portion of his vineyards on fire with gray smoke filling the air.
Video from a local NBC New report Wednesday showed flames at the 21st Century Fox mogul's home.
"We believe the winery and house are still intact". Murdoch's property at 1050 Moraga Ave. was bought in August 2013 for $28.8 million from former Northrop Corp.
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