UPDATED with details from news conference, 12:04 AM: The Getty Fire has grown to 618 acres, but its spread has slowed, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a noon news conference. More than 1,100 firefighters are battling the fire, and Garcetti said ground crews’ fire line and the aerial drops of fire retardant have created “a nice northern border.”
At least eight homes have been destroyed and five damaged. There is 0% containment, but as the mayor explained: “That only means that 0% of the line is so cold that it could never start up. That doesn’t mean that it’s 100% out of control. .. We do feel that we’re getting our arms around this — but with the big caveat that the wrong gusts, air that comes in from the wrong direction could lift embers and immediately make this a fire somewhere else.”
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He added that “there is an active arson investigation” but noted that just determines the cause of the fire and “doesn’t necessarily mean somebody has set it.”
The California Highway Patrol’s closure of the southbound 405 Freeway remains in effect from the Ventura (101) Freeway to Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles as the fast-moving brush fire continues to grow. The northbound 405 Freeway remains open. At least five homes have burned and mandatory evacuations are in effect for more than 10,000 homes in the Brentwood and Westwood areas of Los Angeles due to the Getty Fire, which erupted at 1:34 a.m. Monday.
“Apparently everything around me is burning the f*uck down,” Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter tweeted from Brentwood.
Assistant Fire Chief Jaime Moore of the Los Angeles Fire Department told KTLA-TV that more than 500 acres have been scorched by the fire and more than 10,000 homes and 20,000 people evacuated. Los Angeles Lakers star Lebron James and Sutter are among the evacuees.
The evacuation area is from the 405 Freeway west to Temescal Canyon, north to Mulholland Drive and south to Sunset Boulevard. UCLA has canceled classes today but is east of the flames and has not been evacuated. Farther west, Santa Monica College also has canceled classes today.
Moore said that if the Santa Ana winds-driven fire jumps the fire retardant line established by fixed-wing aircraft, “the area between Temescal Canyon and Topanga Canyon — we’ve asked [people] to be ready [to evacuate].”‘
He noted that firefighters are taking advantage of advantageous weather conditions, as winds have died down and temperatures are muich cooler.
Moore also noted that if the winds shift as forecast, the fire could threaten Mandeville Canyon, a heavily populated area that hasn’t burned since 1978. Back then, a 38,000-acre blaze destroyed more than 225 homes, killed three people and injured more than 50..
Brentwood’s Tiger Tail road area is under the most immediate threat, according to local news reports.
No fire-related deaths or injuries had been reported from the Getty Fire, whose cause is unknown but started at Getty Center Drive and the southbound 405 Freeway.
The so-called Getty Fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. PT near the southbound side of the 405, soon spreading to about 400 acres. According to the California Highway Patrol, all off-ramps on the 405’s southbound side from Sepulveda to Sunset boulevards were closed.
According to local news reports, homes were burning in the 1100 Block of N. Tigertail Road, and by 2:40 a.m. evacuations were ordered for the Mountaingate and Mandeville Canyon communities. The evacuation zone later extended to the west to Temescal Canyon Road.
“This is a very dynamic situation due to high winds, and information is quickly developing,” the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an advisory. “Stay vigilant.”
Here are the evacuation centers as of 10:30 a.m.:
Westwood Recreation Center
Van Nuys REcreation Center
Stoner Recreation Center
Palisades Recreation Center
Cheviot Hills Recreation Center