Multimillion-dollar Bel Air homes obliterated by LA wildfire

Multimillion-dollar Bel Air homes obliterated by LA wildfire

Southern California fires continue to devastate region

A wildfire burns in Bel Air, California (credit: Getty)

UPDATED at 10:40 a.m.: A quartet of wildfires continues to devastate Southern California, with the Skirball Fire in Los Angeles tearing through a handful of multimillion-dollar homes in Bel Air.

At least six homes in the hills of Bel Air — the most expensive neighborhood in Los Angeles — were totally destroyed on Wednesday, according to the Wall Street Journal. Zillow estimated them to be worth about $20 million.

Roughly 1,700 homes were located in mandatory evacuation zones from the Skirball Fire, and Zillow has estimated that their total value at $6.4 billion.

The fires have torched 116,000 acres across Southern California so far and are still going strong despite nonstop work from thousands of firefighters.

Addresses of the damaged homes in Bel Air include 1211 Linda Flora Drive, worth an estimated $6.7 million, and 1123 Linda Flora Drive, worth an estimated $5.8 million.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s $30 million vineyard has also been badly damaged.

Following requests from Gov. Jerry Brown, President Trump declared the California fires a national emergency Friday morning, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will handle the relief efforts.

[WSJ and LAT] – Eddie Small

 

Original author: Erica Press
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