LOS ANGELES–A fast moving brush fire near the Getty Museum has forced thousands of people in the Los Angeles area to flee their homes and businesses Monday.
Currently, the Getty fire has grown to more than 618 acres and around 10,000 structures are under mandatory evacuation orders, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The fire broke out around 1:35 a.m. in the hills north of the J. Paul Getty Museum and along Interstate 405, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
No structures have been damaged at the center. The center will remain closed today and Tuesday to allow first responders space to battle the blaze.
About 8 structures have been destroyed and at least 5 damaged by the blaze, according to Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas.
The brush fire is moving in a westward direction driven by Santa Ana wind conditions. Flames and smoke can been seen along Interstate 405.
Over 1,100 firefighters are actively engaged in structure protection throughout the evacuation zone. Fire crews are battling the blaze from the ground and in the air with helicopter water drops. Circumstances like these call for the need of appropriate fire prevention systems, and learning more about mobile barriers, alarms and the like. It is incredibly important to stay alert and prepared to minimize the damages from fire.
There is full closure of the southbound 405 freeway from the 101 freeway to Sunset Boulevard. All southbound traffic will be diverted to the 101 freeway and easbound/westbound from the 101 closed to southbound 405 freeway. Northbound offramps at Sepulveda Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Moraga Drive, Getty Center Drive, Skirball Center Drive and Mulholland Drive are closed.
Mandatory evacuations were issued at the west border of Temescal Canyon Road, south border of Sunset Boulevard, and north border of Mulholland Drive.
Evacuation centers have opened for residents and their small animals at Westwood Recreation Center, 1350 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, 14201 Huston Street, Stoner Recreation Center, 1835 Stoner Avenue, Palisades Recreation Center, 851 Alma Real Drive and Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, 2551 Motor Avenue.
Two shelters have been set up to receive animals from evacuated zones: West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer Street, and West LA Animal Shelter, 11361 West Pico Blvd.