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Wildfire burns homes, Rupert Murdoch's winery in LA's posh Bel-Air area

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Fleming built the home in 1939, the same year that both films were produced.

Multimillion-dollar mansions were set ablaze as more than 1,000 firefighters attempted in vain to contain an increasing number of fires igniting across southern California.

The Bel Air blaze is only one of four other wildfires now being tackled around Southern California.

The Skirball fire, as it has been dubbed in the media, forced the temporary closure of one of L.A.'s busiest freeways, Interstate 405, for much of the day Wednesday.

Motorists described seeing the mountainside near Bel Air glowing and an orange fireball burning its way through the drought-ridden terrain. On its website the Getty Center said it would be closed "to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region".

The latest wildfires come two months after the deadliest set of blazes in the state's history broke out in Northern California's wine country, causing losses of almost $10 billion (Dh36.7bn).

The strong winds have prevented planes and helicopters operating as it is too unsafe to fly.

The fire staus was at 475 acres with 5% containment.

The largest of the fires is in Ventura County, covering 101 square miles.

Really, Mother Nature's going to decide when we have the ability to put it out.

As evening fell Wednesday, the so-called Skirball fire had scorched 190 hectares of thick chaparral, destroying four homes on Moraga Drive at the bottom of the canyon and Casiano Drive on its west ridge.

In addition to Murdoch's home, other high-profile celebrities living in the affected area include Gwyneth Paltrow, Scrubs showrunner Bill Lawrence, Ari Emanuel, Dr. Dre, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, freeing state funds and resources to assist firefighters.

It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so.

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

THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work!

The Wine Institute of California confirmed that lives were lost due to the October wildfires in the wine region.

Insurance claims for the October fires have reached more than $9 billion (£6.7bn), the state's top insurance regulator said.

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