Rupert Murdoch's LA home 'burning down' in wildfire

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Moraga Estate, the only working winery in Bel-Air and home of Twenty-First Century Fox and Fox News Chairman Rupert Murdoch, appears to be the latest casualty of wildfires spread by the Santa Ana winds in Southern California.

On Moraga Drive on Wednesday, gray smoke surrounded Murdoch's property, but the compound burned. "It's Rupert Murdoch's property, that's what we're hearing from the neighbors who live here in Bel Air".

Video from a local NBC New report Wednesday showed flames at the 21st Century Fox mogul's home.

She said firefighters stepped in to douse the flames with the aid of helicopters and that other storage sheds, the winery itself and the estate's unoccupied house are not damaged. The main residence is 7724 square foot (717 sqm) and the property includes a two-bedroom guest house and a 4400 square-foot office building.

Murdoch's property at 1050 Moraga Ave. was bought in August 2013 for $US28.8 million ($A40.3 million).

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Wildfires have been burning in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties since Monday evening.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, freeing state funds and resources to assist firefighters.

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his thoughts and prayers were with everyone in the path of the wildfires.

"THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work". Several homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood had caught fire, Hollywood Life reported. The fire is now being fought by hundreds of firefighters, Los Angeles Daily News reports, and at least four homes have already been destroyed.

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