On Moraga Drive on Wednesday, gray smoke surrounded Murdoch's property, but the compound burned. The estate is located near the 405 freeway, which authorities have closed.
"The Bel Air fire of '61 had a similar footprint. we lost over 500 homes in that fire". 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.
"We believe the winery and house are still intact".
Rupert Murdoch's $30 million vineyard, the Moraga Estate, is also being threatened by the Skirball fire, according to NBC News.
The 90,000-acre fire burning in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles, has swept through ridges and canyons to the sea and Santa Ana winds that drove it are expected to return with a vengeance overnight.
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his thoughts and prayers were with everyone in the path of the wildfires. I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials.
"THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work".
Bloomberg reported that the property is within the current evacuation zone, and NBC is reporting that it has caught fire. The fire is now being fought by hundreds of firefighters, Los Angeles Daily News reports, and at least four homes have already been destroyed.