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07 December 2017, 12:10 | Erica Roy
The dramatic Skirball fire, which erupted in Los Angeles early Wednesday, may have reached Rupert Murdoch's Bel-Air estate and has threatened other multimillion estates in nearby neighborhoods whose star residents include Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
NBC news in LA is reporting that the wildfires are now burning down Rupert Murdoch's house.
In a statement tweeted by Murdoch's Moraga Bel Air, Murdoch writes that the situation remains fluid and that there "maybe be damage to some buildings" (read it in full below).
Video from a local NBC News report on Wednesday showed flames at what the newscaster said was believed to be the 21st Century Fox mogul's home. The estate is located near the 405 freeway, which authorities have closed. The property has been evacuated but based on what we're seeing on TV there may be damage to some buildings in the upper vineyard area.
The winery, bought by Mr Murdoch for about 30 million dollars in 2013, has been evacuated.
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.
On Wednesday firefighters managed to stop the spread of a wildfire that has destroyed homes near the world-famous Getty museum in Los Angeles.
President Trump tweeted his thanks to first responders while writing that thoughts and prayers were with everyone in the fire's path.
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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