California fire threatens Rupert Murdoch's house

Rupert Murdoch's Bel Air vineyard is shown on the Moraga Estate website

But it's the smaller (comparatively) of the blazes that's now torching its way through the exclusive Bel-Air region, threatening scores of celebrity homes including that of News Corp boss and noted climate change denier, Rupert Murdoch.

Roxanne Langer at Moraga Estate said a temperature-controlled wine storage shed burned after the fire erupted before dawn Wednesday but was unclear how much wine was lost. "Our main concern at the moment is for the safety of our neighbors and first responders".

Video from a local NBC New report Wednesday showed flames at what the newscaster said was believed to be the 21st Century Fox mogul's home.

A Moraga employee whom Variety reached by phone "said that all employees had been evacuated, but could not confirm whether the property or its facilities had been directly impacted by the fire". Mandatory evacuations were put into effect Wednesday morning in Bel Air.

Rupert Murdoch's $30 million vineyard, the Moraga Estate, is also being threatened by the Skirball fire, according to NBC News.

The Skirball Fire in the area south of scenic Mulholland Drive and north of Sunset Boulevard is just one of several major out-of-control brush fires that have sprung up in Southern California since Monday, when Santa Ana wind conditions set in.

Authorities have not issued an official evacuation but are advising residents to leave Mandeville Canyon, which has become popular for the stars and other members of the Hollywood elite "thanks to its privacy and 'country living, '" the Hollywood Reporter said.

Firefighters battled to save multimillion-dollar homes in the path of the flames, which also forced the closure of the San Diego (405) Freeway in both directions.

Still, smoke rose in the air.

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