Getty Center, Johnny Cash home threatened by ring of fire in California

Getty Center, Johnny Cash home threatened by ring of fire in California

Kerry Wise
December 7, 2017

Mandatory evacuations are in place in Bel Air this morning as a fast-moving brush fire that erupted near the 405 freeway near the Getty Center climbed up the hillside, threatening an unknown number of homes. The blaze was in the Sepulveda Pass near the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center and caused the closure of portions of the highway.

UPDATE: (5:50 a.m.) Fire now burning 50 acres.

At an afternoon news conference, Garcetti said more than 30 structures were "lost", and that some 150,000 people were affected by evacuation orders.

Those winds have since settled down, according to Curbed, but mandatory evacuation orders were issued for an area of Bel Air south of Mulholland Drive, North Sunset Boulevard, the 405 and west of Roscomare Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

"This fire is very risky and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got", Brown said, according to the Los Angeles Times. There were no injuries yet reported, according to KABC-TV.

Firefighters from throughout Southern California were mobilized to fight the fires.

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Wind-whipped wildfires were tearing through neighborhoods in northern Los Angeles County, blackening more than 4,500 acres and destroying multiple homes.

Although there was significant destruction from the Creek Fire, both the Los Angeles County blazes paled in size compared to the largest fire (Thomas), which had burned 45,000 acres. At least 1,000 firefighters were deployed to the scene. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so".

As the fire burns northeast of the Getty Center and east of the 405 (San Diego) Freeway, the museum and other Center facilities are closed to the public.

The fire was zero percent contained as of Wednesday morning, Terrazas said.

All three fires were driven by the strongest seasonal Santa Ana winds so far this year.