REPORT: Wildfire Hits Fox News Chairman Rupert Murdoch’s $30M Bel-Air Mansion And Winery [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports:

NBC News reported Wednesday morning that the Los Angeles wildfires ravaging the area near Bel-Air have now begun to consume Rupert Murdoch’s property. “This is the $30-million house and vineyard property that is owned by Rupert Murdoch,” NBC Los Angeles reported on the latest victim of the 125-acre Skirball fire. “And it looks like it is burning on the hillside.” Murdoch owns the Moraga Estate vineyard, which is right near the 405 Freeway, which has been partially closed as fires rage.

More from The Hill:

Murdoch’s property is “a wine growing estate in the Santa Monica Mountains at an elevation of 600 to 900 feet, five miles from the Pacific Ocean,” according to the Moraga’s website. The 86-year-old Australian-born media mogul lives in a 7,500-square-foot house on the estate with wife Jerry Hall.

  • Guess

    FSM Don’t Like Ugly.

  • Boreal

    He has insurance, he will probably make money from this.

  • PickyPecker
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  • leastyebejudged

    God has spoken.

    • Buford

      …and she ain’t happy.

  • Buford

    We needed a feel-good story after all this political stress… thanks!

  • Christopher
  • Treant

    Thoughts and prayers.

    • Buford

      Perxactly!

    • D. J.

      Guess Cindy Jacobs is having an off day…

  • leastyebejudged
    • MichaelJ

      Damn. JA was the best.

  • Boreal
  • Friday

    Gee, Rupert, how ya liking that climate *now?*

  • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

    So much for the “Prince of Bel-Air.”

  • Pip

    Oh! This explains why #45 gave a shit enough to tweet out his useless thoughts and prayers about the fires today.

    • Tawreos

      One of his sugar daddies was hurt so he knows what he has to do about that.

  • PickyPecker

    Fire remains uncontrolled. Looks like the Getty Center is gonna go up. 🙁

    • Friday

      That’d be worth some heroic measures.

    • Tomcat

      Not close to trees so maybe they can save it.

      • Friday

        I’m not sure but I *thought* they had some disaster-related features built in or added. I could be thinking of a different place, though.

        • Tomcat

          For smoke mostly, but lets hope there was more added.

    • Rambie

      that’s not good

    • Todd

      The idea of losing all of those art treasures makes me sick to my stomach.

      • Palmer

        Agreed. I would think the curators would have contingency plans to protect the artwork and the grounds.

      • The art should be fine, and to honest, I never have been wild about the art at the Getty Center, and I think the Getty Center can find a fireproof vault for Van Gogh’s Irises.

    • Smokey
    • Mark

      They have quite a fire suppression system there – sure hope it’s up to the task. I think it burned in the Bel Air fire in the 60s’, didn’t it?

    • Dale Snyder

      Good grief I hope not. My buddy’s girlfriend who worked there gave me a complete tour of it on a day when it was closed. I have never been to a more amazing museum in my entire life. Everything was so breathtaking. She even showed me where a wildfire started on the property but was extinguished very quickly.

    • The Getty Center will be okay, the gardens designed by Robert Irwin on the lower part of the campus, may be wiped out.. The Getty Center is pretty much out of Travertine, and it is probably pretty resistant to earthquakes and wildfires..

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    We can all offer to go spit on that fire. If he’s really desperate, we can offer to piss on it from two miles away.

  • R W C

    Congrats! Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving fellow.

  • DJ John Bear

    Pity.

  • Boreal
    • yup.

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      Stolen! Borrowed!

  • Publius

    Moved away from West LA two years ago. Gridlock on the 405, especially in the Sepulveda Pass, would be the case with or without these wildfires. Never a dull day in LA.

    • Scott Carpenter

      The 405/101 interchange features in my nightmares whenever I know I’ll have to go down south.

      • Publius

        Went back a few months ago. Decided to take my boyfriend to see Santa Monica Pier, then head to WeHo. Took the 10 to the 405. That stretch of the 10 is literally just four miles, and yet it took an hour to get onto the 405 and off at Sunset. I was fucking dying. I turned to my boyfriend and declared my undying love for not living in LA anymore.

  • TimCA

    O/T:
    Flynn declared Russian sanctions would be “ripped up”. The account is detailed in a letter written by Rep. Elijah Cummings which was released today.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/us/politics/michael-flynn-russia-sanctions-ripped-up-whistleblower.html

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/whistleblower-flynn-told-ex-partner-russia-sanctions-would-be-ripped-n827031

  • Tomcat

    Thoughts and prayers for Murdock.

    • Buford

      I might think… I refuse to pray.

  • Friday’s_cat

    Has anyone typed KARMA?

    • missmobtown

      Karma is so, so late to this party, but I do hope she’s ready to play catch up.

  • Nic Peterson

    Dear Rupert,

    Squish squish darling!

  • canoebum

    I know I love wine made from grapes grown next to a freeway! Yum!

    • Boreal

      It has a lovely bouquet of nitrous oxides

      • canoebum

        …and undertones of smoke that linger in the finish.

    • Tawreos

      Earthy tones are much more palatable than notes of oil, grease and exhaust fumes.

    • Lantor

      I was curious as to what his label was….to make sure to avoid it.

      • Scott Carpenter

        I doubt there is one. CA sets different costs on Agri property vs. residential, so lots of huge houses/lots are “vineyards” or “orchards”. As opposed to actual vineyards and orchards.

        • Lantor

          How 1% of them.

          • Scott Carpenter

            It also gave them a higher water quota during the drought. It’s important to keep those private practice greens alive, you know. It’s be a shame if you wanted to practice your swing and the putting green was fading.

          • Lantor

            I’m also sure they get some sort of tax write-off as well. I’m sure it costs a lot to keep those “vineyards” and “orchards” up. And, well, they deserve not to pay so much in taxes. /s

          • State and County property taxes are most likely lower, as long as the property is deemed agricultural instead of residential property.. It has to be a good chunk of land..

        • unsavedheathen

          Same thing in Texas. All those huge corporate campuses in the northern exurbs of Dallas keep a couple of dozen head of cattle and pay pennies in property taxes.

          • Galvestonian

            Yeah, all you need in Texas is a few head of livestock for a HUUUUUGE tax break and there’s no State Taxes. Incidentally, miniature cattle and horses count as full sized livestock.

          • unsavedheathen

            Goats are the way to go!

          • Galvestonian

            True — a lot of people go this way & goats are prolific breeders, however you can’t have the paternal goat breeding with is daughters and you can really only have one male goat in your heard – all baby males are generally sold for slaughter. Miniature horses and cattle bring higher prices at resale and depending on whether you are raising dairy or beef cattle attract different markets.

            Raising goats for their fur/hair can be profitable, angoras for instance.

        • They have to be 3 acres plus and “working” farms, for the vineyards, just hire some maintenance staff, and then contract the work out to another winery during harvest time.. One sees these vineyards all over the Santa Monica Mountains and near Malibu..

          This place, reminds me of a James Bond’s Villain’s secret lair… it is off Kanan on the way to Malibu..

          http://maliburockyoaks.com/estate/

      • I don’t know, but many of these vineyards are contracted out to other wineries, given they are pretty small batches, sort of like what Gallo does and many other wineries..

    • Allegedly they are pretty good grapes. The wine is either a novelty item, or pretty expensive novelty item.. Most people don’t have 3 acres plus to spare to grow grapes in the area..

  • Dirk Prophet

    behind every cloud of smoke…

    • Friday

      And denialism?

  • Oh, Parker
  • bkmn

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.

  • Kruhn

    Karma is a bitch!

  • Lazycrockett

    pity.

  • The_Wretched

    Does this mean Faux News will call for federal disaster dollars to help?

    • Snarkaholic

      Yes…but ONLY for that ONE parcel of land.

  • Ninja0980

    I’ll save my sympathy for the people who aren’t loathsome pieces of shit.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Lumpy Gaga

      TYSM

    • AmeriCanadian

      Tracey Ullman is totally underrated. I wish her original series (the one that “launched” The Simpsons) would come to DVD. She was fuckin’ hilarious.

  • Harveyrabbit

    I feel terrible for everyone else there but you’d think Murdoch would be used to the heat. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9b91c492dd54a824f03b8af039cd8dedcac18dcf9939927abee6290a6bbcfc10.jpg

  • RJ Tremor

    If there is one single solitary plus to be had from this sad disaster, this is it. Shame banks are a thing and his fortune isn’t in there…

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Just for him… burn, baby burn, burn that mother down…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_sY2rjxq6M

    • Natty Enquirer

      Classic track. Too bad the level is brickwalled to hell in this video.

  • Jimmy R

    Somehow this will end up being blamed on “the gays.”

  • Kelly Lape

    Thank god. Finally some good news in the face of a day filled with tragedy.

    • Friday

      It’s not like he’s going to learn anything and do something abotu the damage his funding and promoting climate denialism has done.

  • yes b’y
    • coram nobis

      Bilingual puns!

  • JWC

    Remember Kiddies Global warming is a Fallacy

    • jerry

      About a year ago, this old bastard’s empire bought National Geographic. I wonder what their position on global warming is now.

  • Richard B

    House Murdoch is on fire – has a nice ring to it.
    If anyone’s house had to be on fire, let his be first and I wished it was his business empire.
    Our democracy used to be functional before Ronald Reagan lifted the “Fairness Doctrine”, which required the news be truthful and made a sketchy Australian, Rupert Murdoch a citizen of the United States, allowing him to start his conservative network here.

  • FAEN

    Thoughts and prayers Rupert.

  • Jefe5084

    I’m sure he’s insured. Thoughts–but my mind is a blank now, so maybe later.

  • William

    Oh dear, this could mean Murdoch will have to stay at another of his homes during the off season. What will the elite say?

  • mpatreyu
    • Mickey Bitsko

      Gidget Goes Pyro

  • Mickey Bitsko
  • 2patricius2

    While Rupert attacks our very democracy and justifies the plunder of our nation’s wealth for his own benefit, fire attacks his mansion and vineyard.

  • nocadrummer

    Normally, I’d be feeling really empathetic towards anyone who lost their home.
    But these are not normal times. So crocodile tears for Rupert Murdoch.

    Oh, and “Thoughts & Prayers.”

  • David J

    The Hell fires are burning. Right up to the door and inside his home. Perhaps
    it’s a sign from his God. Gee, I wonder what his God might be telling him.

  • coram nobis

    A bit of history: the LA Times points out that Bel-Air went up in 1961. It did cause changes in building codes, however.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-1961-bel-air-fire-20171206-story.html

    There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.
    ― Raymond Chandler, Red Wind: A Collection of Short Stories

  • Chuck in NYC

    A tragedy only if there is any potentially subpoenable evidence lost in the conflagration.

  • Statistics Palin

    I hope immigrant, prison, pregnant, child, slave laborers can be saved.

  • coram nobis

    OT: Masterpiece Cakeshop reax in Vox (h/t Balkinization). He’s … hopeful.

    https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/12/6/16741840/religious-liberty-history-law-masterpiece-cakeshop

    It has been a nervous year, and we’re beginning to feel like a Christian Scientist with appendicitis.
    — Tom Lehrer

    • coram nobis

      More cake case reax. A Muslim perspective. Of course, being a religious minority does make you think.

      http://religionnews.com/2017/12/06/a-muslim-perspective-on-the-masterpiece-cakeshop-case/

      This interpretation of religious freedom could transform our nation from one where rights are respected and uniformly protected under the law to one where subgroups are identified for discrimination, isolation and exclusion by those who interpret their religion as one that calls for differential treatment of others based on their identity, viewpoint or way of life.

      • coram nobis

        A Jewish center is also worrying about the case.

        http://religionnews.com/2017/12/06/saving-the-first-amendment-from-extinction/

        As genuine as Phillips’ beliefs are — and as sympathetic as I am to his dilemma — if he wins, religious freedom and the First Amendment as we know it will start down the path to extinction. It may seem implausible, but bear with me.
        * * *
        Such a decision would also undermine long-standing precedents that protect people from discrimination based on, among other things, the religious beliefs of business proprietors serving the general public. Consider the 1960s ruling that prohibited the owner of Piggie Park, a South Carolina restaurant chain, from refusing service to black patrons based on the owner’s religious beliefs.

        Ultimately, a win by Phillips would begin the unraveling of our anti-discrimination laws, leaving people of all faiths — including Christians — at risk. What we are talking about is the creation of a court-sanctioned right to pick and choose whether to serve different people, including those holding different religious beliefs. Indeed, Phillips concedes this. He admits that he would never bake a custom cake celebrating atheism.

  • Palmer

    “I weep for you,” the Walrus said.
    “I deeply sympathize!”

    My sympathy is for the people who’ve lost everything, and my concern for my many friends that live in LA.

  • Rex

    What a shame.

  • woad2112

    Unfortunately, he wasn’t inside when it burned to the ground…

  • coram nobis

    Meet Dave Jones, California insurance commissioner. He may be more important than Gov. Brown at this point in the state’s history.

    http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0500-about-us/01-commissioner/

  • Dayglo
  • Sporkfighter

    God? Was that you?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      It’s me, Murdoch.

  • kareemachan

    Bummer, dude.

  • Mickey Bitsko

    Laughing at Murdoch’s misfortune isn’t funny.

    It’s hilarious!

    • coram nobis

      Well, it may mean that California gets fire disaster funding after all.

      Or it may mean a bill targeted only at the Bel-Air neighborhood.

  • Daveed_WOW

    Jerry Hall? He’s married to Jerry Hall? She sure traded down. Jeez.

    • Dayglo

      Yeah, from Bryan Ferry to Mick Jagger to that reptile.

      • Daveed_WOW

        She moved from a pair of dreamboats to a tugboat.

  • Paula

    If the fire hits the house, maybe the house staff can do a little creative transfer of wealth.
    😀

  • GanymedeRenard

    Dear Mr. Poe: We need you to write from where you are a new version of The Fall of the House of Usher. We’ll drink spirits in your honor as a token of gratitude.

  • boatboy_srq

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer asshat.

    Pity that so many comparatively ordinary people have to suffer for it, though.

  • Statistics Palin

    Anyone for marshmallows?

    https://youtu.be/5GGptB-FFjA

  • tim870

    That’s just a ……. ummmmm …….. tragedy?

  • TheManicMechanic

    God works in ironic ways.

  • Dayglo
  • I heard of Vineyards in Bel-Air, and one sees plenty of vineyards in the Canyons around Malibu.. The most likely reason there are vineyards in these area, (mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes) is to get three acres of agricultural land, so a lower property tax rate.. Allegedly one can grow Pinot Noir Grapes right on the coast of Malibu, but they need lots of moisture..

  • thatotherjean

    I am grieved at all the damage done by the wildfires in California. Well, almost all of it; for Rupert Murdoch, I’ll make an exception.

  • coram nobis

    I wouldn’t get too gleeful. The Getty Museum is very near the Skirball Fire.

    http://www.getty.edu/museum/about.html

    Incidentally, the current exhibition is Caravaggio art from the Borghese. If the Getty goes up it’ll be bad news all around.

    • The Getty Center should be fine, it is not shake roof and old notty pine exterior. It is basically travertine, there are not much brush to cause the place to become a furnace. The most likely outcome is the fire storm blows the sparks and embers through the place and hits Mt. Saint Mary’s college down the hill.

      The worse thing is that the fire set off the sprinkler system inside and wrecks some non protected pieces of art.

      The Gardens by Robert Irwin, are to me the best part of the Getty Center, and they are probably going to burned to a crisp, but the design and structures should remain, besides they change the gardens seasonally..

      • coram nobis

        The museum told the LA Times that the building itself is solid and it has air filtration systems against any kind of air contamination. And it’s closed today, so there’s no visitors and no flammable cars in the parking lot.

        http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-getty-fire-20171206-story.html

        I’m also sure the LAFD would make a stand there if need be, and save the building, but that would mean the responders would be pocketed there and not part of the main fire line.

        • The parking lot is way down below the center, (it is nice walk up) so no worries about putting out the fire with gasoline and car bombs..

          I am not the biggest fan of the art, and I am not the biggest fan of Richard Meyer’s architecture, but I was impressed by the construction and the interior of the Getty Center, (plus the Robert Irwin’s design gardens, which is the reason I go back to the place)

          I assume that Getty Center was designed with brush fires and 8.0 earthquakes in mind, given it is on a hill with brush on four sides, and probably has many steel rods digged well down for earthquake protection..

          • coram nobis

            The Caravaggio exhibition might be worthwhile. Gay Renaissance artist and it saves LA visitors a trip to Florence.

          • Brian Burleson

            Just go to Florence, nicer and the Florentine men, OMG!

  • Stogiebear

    Two people living in 7500 sq ft. That is just obscene.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Frankly I’m surprised it’s not 75,000 sq. ft.

      • coram nobis

        How many sq. ft. is the garage?

    • BobSF_94117

      Looking at the video from the real estate listing, I have to wonder if the 7500 included outdoor terraces, etc.

  • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

    I cringe every time a Red State religious whack blames natural disasters on America’s acceptance of the “homosexual lifestyle”.
    So I’ll take liberty and just once I’ll declare that the burning fires consuming Bel Air mansions is the Lord’s retribution for a tax cut bill that will destroy the homes of billionairs while millions of Americans are about to lose their health insurance.

  • wds

    Awwwww poor widdle Murdoch … couldn’t have happened to a better schmuck!! LOL

  • here is a video of the estate..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDfmGb36bJU

    • BobSF_94117

      It would be a shame if that house is destroyed.

  • JCF

    Inasmuch as I hope it changes Murdoch & Co’s mind re climate change, these fires are getting too close to my brother (not to mention thousands and thousands of innocent, likely Blue-voting Californians!) to cheer this.

    • coram nobis

      Red districts are subject to fires like this as well, as people in Butte and Calaveras counties found out in the last few years.

  • MBear

    Thoughts and prayers

  • Michael R
  • agcons

    I find this every bit as upsetting as I did Tony Perkin’s house getting flooded.

  • boobert

    $30 million? That means he’ll collect $100 million in losses.

  • Kevin Andrews
  • Gregory In Seattle

    Who wants to bet that Murdoch and his wife voted against levies to fund fire fighting efforts, and invest heavily in climate denialist enterprises.

  • Halou

    How soon before the government goes from “thoughts and prayers” to a desperate mad dash to put the fires out? No doubt “Fox and Friends” will be wailing about the issue, and Trump will cry on Twitter about how hard up and homeless his billionaire media mogul buddy is.

  • -M-
  • Ginger Snap

    The rich don’t care about the poor so the poor(Me) doesn’t give two shits about the rich. Burn Baby Burn!

  • Professor Barnhardt