Neera Tanden, the president of the liberal Center for American Progress and frequent cable news commentator, was more than happy that "karma" had burned down the home of Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corp, which owns Fox News.
In a statement tweeted by Murdoch's Moraga Bel Air, Murdoch writes that the situation remains fluid and that there "maybe be damage to some buildings" (read it in full below). The property, last valued at $30 million, includes a 7,500-square-foot house and the 13-acre Moraga Vineyards. "Our main concern at the moment is for the safety of our neighbors and first responders".
People on Murdoch's estate were among those who had been ordered to evacuate; with NBC4 reporting that the estate was "burning down" although it is unclear if this also referred to Murdoch's house itself, which Bloomberg reported he bought as part of the estate he paid $28.8 million for in 2013.
A Moraga employee reached by phone said all employees had been evacuated, but could not confirm whether the property or its facilities had been directly affected by the fire.
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No casualties have yet been reported but thousands of homes are threatened by the fires, including in the luxury Bel Air area.
Rupert Murdoch's Bel-Air vineyard is shown on the Moraga Estate website. Almost 200,000 residents have been issued mandatory evacuation orders.
The Skirball fire has burned more than 150 acres as Santa Ana winds continue to create risky conditions.
The Getty Museum tweeted that it would be closed to the public Wednesday and that air filtration systems were in use to protect the galleries from smoke.