Rupert Murdoch's LA home 'burning down' in wildfire

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ABC 7 reported 350 firefighters from 52 engine companies were stationed at the scene, supported by helicopters making water drops and six fixed-wing aircrafts.

The Skirball fire - near a cultural center of the same name and captured in apocalyptic images - also prompted authorities to close the 405 Freeway, a major commuting corridor famous for its traffic congestion.

Meanwhile Rupert Murdoch's estate- which is one of the most expensive in the Los Angeles city limits- has also been evacuated. Some area restaurants chose to remain open amid the fire and smoke-filled skies, while others closed shop for the day. Reporter Christina Salvo says the smoke is so thick on Casiano Drive that "we couldn't see the flames. we were seeing firefighters on peoples' balconies with firehoses trying to drench the vegetation below". High winds combined with heavy smoke and blowing ash hindered firefighters' ability to contain those fires, including the Skirball Fire. "We have mobilized additional resources to the impacted areas, and we are working to restore electric service as quickly and safely as possible", said SCE CEO Kevin Payne.

For the second time in as many months, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District will be sending a strike team out of District to assist other agencies in fighting fires. In October, more than a dozen fires blazed through the northern part of the state, burning thousands of acres along the way.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his thoughts and prayers were with everyone in the path of the wildfires.

Skirball Fire Threatens Bel Air Homes
Skirball Fire Threatens Bel Air Homes

The biggest and most destructive of several wildfires burning in Southern California has scorched more than 101 square miles. "With winds like this, it can be anything", Garcetti said, referring to the powerful Santa Ana winds that continued to blow across the region. I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials.

Evacuations have been ordered and a wider area has been told to be ready for orders to leave.

The house, featured recently in Los Angeles Magazine, was in "immediate danger" he said.

The Thomas Fire raged in the foothills above and in the city of Ventura some 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, fire officials said late Tuesday. Residents living west of the 405 should brace for evacuations as well in the event the flames cross the freeway.

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