The Skirball Fire in LA Is Burning Down Rupert Murdoch's House

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The home of 21st Century Fox and Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch, located on a vineyard outside of Los Angeles, is "burning down" in Southern California's wildfires, according to an NBC News report on Wednesday.

The $30 million estate owned by the 21st Century Fox mogul is just on the other side of the 405 freeway, which was also closed in both directions Wednesday morning.

Later, the Los Angeles Times reported that the fire had grown near Murdoch's estate, but had not burned the property's buildings or vineyard.

Murdoch's property at 1050 Moraga Ave. was bought in August 2013 for $28.8 million from former Northrop Corp.

Murdoch release a statement saying "the property was evacuated but based on what we are seeing on TV there maybe damage to some buildings in the upper vineyard area".

"We believe the winery and house are still intact".

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

On Wednesday firefighters managed to stop the spread of a wildfire that has destroyed homes near the world-famous Getty museum in Los Angeles.

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

Chelsea Handler announced on Twitter that she had evacuated her house shortly before 9:40; her tweet also contained a swipe at President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work". The fire has destroyed at least six homes.

Although no casualties have been reported, the fires have forced mass evacuations, cancellation of classes at dozens of schools and resulted in the loss of power at more than 250,000 homes in Ventura County.

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