Rupert Murdoch’s Bel-Air Vineyard Ablaze as Wildfires Tear Through Southern California

Skirball fire in Los Angeles reaches $30 million property owned by Fox News CEO, according to reports

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The Skirball fire burning in Los Angeles on Wednesday has reached a Bel-Air property owned by Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch, according to multiple media reports.

Murdoch purchased the 16-acre property, which includes the 13-acre Moraga Vineyards and a 7,500-square-foot house, in 2013 from former Northrop Grumman CEO Tom Jones.

“From initial reports, we’re hearing it belongs to Rupert Murdoch. Apparently it’s a $30 million property,” an NBC4 reporter said. “He owns these vineyards here and it’s causing some major problems. If this fire spreads across the hillside, that is going to be a major problem, devastating to the vineyards. Hopefully it is not too close to his home, but that’s what we know so far.”

The Skirball fire broke out early Wednesday morning, forcing the evacuation of homes in nearby areas. Fueled by twenty-five mile per hour Santa Ana winds, the fire burned more than 50 acres. It comes after three devastating fires Tuesday in Ventura and Santa Clarita, both cities just north of Los Angeles.