Rupert Murdoch's Vineyard Estate Damaged Amid L.A. Wildfires
The News Corp chairman purchased the property in 2013.
The home of Rupert Murdoch, located on the Moraga Estate vineyard just outside of Los Angeles, has been caught in the path of the wildfires currently burning their way across the greater L.A. area.
Murdoch purchased the 13-acre winery and estate in 2013 for $28.8 million, according to Forbes.
The area surrounding the vineyard, located just northeast of the Getty Center, was evacuated Wednesday by the L.A. fire department. LAFD ordered evacuations along the east side of the 405 freeway from just north of Westwood up toward the Sepulveda Pass. Moraga Vineyards does fall within the evacuated area. Firefighters are currently battling the blaze.
Murdoch confirmed the evacuation to The Hollywood Reporter and added, "Based on what we are seeing on TV there may be damage to some buildings in the upper vineyard area." However, he believes "the winery and house are still intact."
Current *Evacuation* Maps for the two active #wildfires within the City of #LosAngeles:#CreekFire: https://t.co/l0BoLIkymK#SkirballFire: https://t.co/D8XX2huSL8— LAFD (@LAFD) December 6, 2017
We are regretfully unable to offer precise fire perimeter maps at this time. ^BH
Murdoch is not the only notable name affected by the fires, as, according to the L.A. Times, mandatory evacuations were issued to "large swaths" of Bel Air, as well as homes between Mulholland Drive and Sunset Boulevard. Residents of the area include Gwyneth Paltrow and high-powered talent agent Ari Emanuel.
Read Murdoch's full statement below.
The situation at Moraga Bel Air is very fluid at the moment. The property was evacuated but based on what we are seeing on TV there may be damage to some buildings in the upper vineyard area. We believe the winery and house are still intact. We are monitoring the situation as closely as we can and are grateful to the efforts of all first responders. Some of our neighbors have suffered heavy losses and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.