Prominent Liberal Cheers As Rupert Murdoch's Home Burns In California Wild Fire

California wildfire

California wildfire

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. The wildfires are also putting the infamous Getty Center is jeopardy, which was closed on Wednesday, along with UCLA's campus where the flames are also threatening to spread.

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

On Moraga Drive on Wednesday, gray smoke surrounded Murdoch's property, but neither the buildings nor the vineyards had burned. Even Rupert Murdoch's Moraga Estate vineyard is not immune to the flames, which NBC 4 in Los Angeles reported was being consumed in the 125 acre brush fire.

People on Murdoch's estate were among those who had been ordered to evacuate; with NBC4 reporting that the estate was "burning down" although it is unclear if this also referred to Murdoch's house itself, which Bloomberg reported he bought as part of the estate he paid $28.8 million for in 2013.

The fire had reached 150 acres by 9:40 a.m. but was expected to grow due to gusting, 25-mph Santa Ana winds.

Wildfires have been burning in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties since Monday evening. I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials. Several homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood had caught fire, Hollywood Life reported. The fire has destroyed at least six homes.

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