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Rupert Murdoch's $30 million Southern California estate is under threat from wildfires

07 December 2017, 01:52 | Rufus Hill

Rupert Murdoch's $30 million Southern California estate is under threat from wildfires

Rupert Murdoch's $30 million Southern California estate is under threat from wildfires

Residents in Sullivan Canyon and Mandeville Canyon were told to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice. "These are also days that show the resilience of our city".

Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corp. and 20th Century Fox, bought the Bel-Air home - known as the Moraga Vineyards - in 2013 for US$28.8 million, according to Variety.

She said that she would evacuate in accordance with the latest development of the blaze and the change of wind direction because her house is at the foot of the hill and vegetation is exiguous around.

Los Angeles Mission College's Main Campus at 13356 Eldridge Ave. and the East Campus at 12890 Harding St., both in Sylmar, were closed for the day.

UPDATE: (8:00 a.m.) According to Getty Museum Twitter, The Getty Center is closed to the public today.

Umansky, who has opened his home to one family and said another two were on their way, said the street most affected this morning was south Casiano Road in Bel-Air.

The fire was burning in the Hollywood Hills near the exclusive Bel Air neighborhood. Mandatory evacuations were in place for parts of Bel Air and at least four homes were already destroyed, the Los Angeles Times reported. Mandatory evacuation for area East of the 405 Fwy, South of Mulholland Dr., West of Roscomare Rd.

Skirball Fire Threatens Bel Air Homes
Skirball Fire Threatens Bel Air Homes

"It's a very hard moment, but we will get through this", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Tuesday, the New York Post reported. (SCE) said it had crews in the areas around all of the fires attempting to make damage assessments, but the company said they were being hampered by fire conditions in certain areas.

In Ventura County, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, a wildfire has burned more than 101 square miles and endangers 12,000 structures, reported The Associated Press.

The strongest Santa Ana winds of the season drove multiple wildfires in Southern California this week. Almost 200,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, and more than 65,000 acres and 150 structures have been damaged as of Wednesday morning. Gov. 'If the winds pick up, we will face quite a challenge'. One firefighter was hospitalized after a bulldozer rolled over in the Sunland- Tujunga area, but the injury was not considered to be life- threatening.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency over the area Tuesday, announcing: "This fire is very unsafe and spreading rapidly".

Helicopters are making water drops and more than 200 firefighters are battling flames close to homes. Classes were canceled at all schools in the Ventura Unified School District on Wednesday. "With winds like this, it can be anything", Garcetti said, referring to the powerful Santa Ana winds that continued to blow across the region.

A temporary evacuation center was set up at Hansen Dam.

The fire erupted before dawn in the Sepulveda Pass, just up Interstate 405 from UCLA.



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