Former Democratic political operative Neera Tanden tweeted Wednesday that Rupert Murdoch's house and vineyard catching alight in a wildfire burning near Los Angeles' Bel Air neighborhood was a vengeful act of God.

She later deleted the tweet.

"There’s a God. And she’s unhappy," Tanden, president of left-leaning think tank Center for American Progress, first wrote on Twitter.

"I’m deleting this tweet. It wasn’t funny when so many are hurting and scared. Feel badly about it," Tanden posted later.

Local media reported that flames were emanating from Moraga Estate, a palatial $30 million home and vineyard owned by the Fox media mogul.

The 50-acre blaze, called the Skirball fire for its proximity to the Skirball Cultural Center, has closed part of Interstate 405, a major thoroughfare through the city.

Multiple fires raging in Southern California have forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate.