Chelsea Handler, Rupert Murdoch evacuate homes due to wildfire

By Ray Downs  |  Updated Dec. 7, 2017 at 6:13 AM
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Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Chelsea Handler is one of the many Los Angeles residents who had to evacuate their homes because of wildfires in the area -- and she took the opportunity to take a swipe at President Donald Trump after packing her bags.

"Just evacuated my house," Handler tweeted Tuesday. "It's like Donald Trump is setting the world on fire. Literally and figuratively. Stay safe everyone. Dark times."

Handler isn't the only celebrity affected by the Skirball Fire, named after its proximity to the Skirball Center in West Los Angeles, the most affluent area of the city.

Billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch's entire Moraga Bel Air estate and winery was evacuated because of the blazes.

"We believe the winery and house are still intact. We are monitoring the situation as closely as we can and are grateful for the efforts of all the first responders," Murdoch said in a statement posted from the Moraga Bel Air Twitter account. "Some of our neighbors have suffered heavy losses and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time."

Wildfires in southern California are commonplace this time of year, but they don't often reach into the West Los Angeles area. However, it has happened before. The Los Angeles Times reported on wildfires that hit the Bel Air area in 1961, destroying more than 500 homes, including homes of several celebrities.

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