The Skirball Fire in LA Is Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's House

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Rupert Murdoch's multimillion-dollar property in Bel-Air has been evacuated as possibly damaged, though the owner believes the winery and house remain intact as the Skirball Fire descends on the tony community.

On Moraga Drive on Wednesday, gray smoke surrounded Murdoch's property, but the compound burned.

Deputy Fire Chief Charles Butler said firefighters and aircraft stopped the growth of the 475-acre blaze in the Bel Air neighbourhood.

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. 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.

The 86-year-old Australian-born media mogul lives in a 7,500-square-foot house on the estate with wife Jerry Hall.

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

In Ventura, some 80km northwest of Los Angeles, more than 1,000 firefighters battled the largest, the Thomas Fire, which has already destroyed more than 150 homes and threatened thousands more. THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work!

Although no casualties have been reported, the fires have forced mass evacuations, cancellation of classes at dozens of schools and resulted in the loss of power at more than 250,000 homes in Ventura County.

Mr Butler said four homes had been destroyed and 11 damaged since the blaze erupted before dawn on Wednesday in an area that includes many hilltop mansions.

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