Fire damages Rupert Murdoch estate

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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.

Southern California has been witnessing numerous fires burning over acres of land, ravaging homes and the winds are further making the wildfires so destructive that it is getting hard for the firefighters to tackle the situation.

The fire brought back memories of the 1961 Bel-Air fire, in which movie stars including Maureen O'Hara and Fred MacMurray fought to save their homes - a seminal event that fed apocalyptic visions of Los Angeles for decades to come.

Murdoch's Moraga Bel Air winery issued a statement on saying, "The situation at Moraga Bel Air is very fluid at the moment".

A winery employee, reached by phone, could not confirm to Variety whether the property or its facilities had been affected by the fire but said that all employees had been evacuated.

People in Murdoch's estate, along with other homes in Bel-Air and nearby Sherman Oaks, were ordered to evacuate.

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The fire erupted around 5 a.m.in Brentwood just east of the 405 freeway, across from the Getty Center.

Mr Murdoch's property at 1050 Moraga Avenue was bought in August 2013 for US$28.8 million from former Northrop Corp CEO Tom Jones.

It's been more than a half-century since a similarly Santa Ana winds-whipped fire devastated the Bel-Air community, destroying more than 500 houses including many owned by celebrities.

"I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Bloomberg reported that the property is within the current evacuation zone, and NBC is reporting that it has caught fire.

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