Skirball Fire Burns Near Rupert Murdoch’s Bel-Air Vineyard

The Bel-Air fire that has destroyed homes and forced major evacuations is burning near the vineyard estate of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

On Moraga Drive on Wednesday, gray smoke surrounded Murdoch’s property, but the compound burned.

Around 1:30 pm a firefighter with Los Angeles County drove by Murdoch’s property and noticed a portion of his vineyards on fire with gray smoke filling the air. He quickly radioed in to other firefighters who within minutes showed up and pried open the gate. Six firefighters rushed in to assess whether they could fight the flames that is positioned on a slant from below or above.

They decided it wasn’t possible to do so from the bottom. By 2 pm, three helicopters had dropped water on the portion of the vineyard that was on fire. Still, smoke rose in the air.

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