A fast-moving fire that started near the Getty Center and the 405 Freeway early this morning has grown to more than 500 acres and has forced residents to flee their hillside homes, from Brentwood to Topanga.
Mandatory evacuations for 10,000 homes have been issued for the Getty Fire as of 4:45 a.m. Anyone living within this boundary were advised to leave: 405 Freeway to the east, Temescal Canyon to the west, Mulholland to the north, and Sunset to the south.
Firefighters are working in “some of the most challenging terrain in Los Angeles,” says Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. But, with daybreak, he says, they’ll be aided by fixed wing aircraft.
Investigators are still working to pin down a cause, but Garcetti says he could confirm “it was not caused by a homeless encampment.”
The “very dynamic fire,” which ignited around 1:35 a.m., quickly moved west. The Getty is not threatened. “The primary concern is Mandeville Canyon, Mountain Gate, and the fire is moving west,” says Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Erik Scott.
TV reporters on scene are showing footage of flames shooting out of several homes on Tigertail Road.
“Anecdotally I’m hearing at least five homes, and I do expect that number will climb,” says Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas.
In addition, a voluntary evacuation has been issued for residents living within this area: Temescal Canyon to the east, Topanga Canyon to the west, Mulholland to the north, and Sunset to the south.
Flames are racing down hillsides along the 405, and the following on-and off-ramps are closed: Skirball Center Drive, Sepulveda Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Getty Center Drive, Mulholland Drive, according to California Highway Patrol. Drivers should avoid the Sepulveda Pass.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the area with northeast Santa Ana winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts up to 40 mph. The wind event is expected to last until 2 p.m.
Horrible situation on #tigertail right now in #Brentwood – have counted 6 homes on fire and there’s likely more. The #GettyFire continued to burn out of control in the hills of Brentwood. Stay with @ABC7 for live coverage pic.twitter.com/u8IZM9eN1c
— Josh Haskell (@abc7JoshHaskell) October 28, 2019
The Getty Fire is the fourth large fire to burn in Los Angeles this month, all fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds.
“We have not had any significant rain fall for a period of time, that’s why we’re very concerned about these weather conditions,” says Terrazas.
Evacuation centers have been opened at the following locations:
- Westwood Recreation Center, 350 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
- Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, 14201 Huston Street, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
- Stoner Recreation Center, 1835 Stoner Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025
People with animals can go the following locations:
- West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St, Chatsworth, CA 91311
- West LA Animal Shelter, 11361 W Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064
This post is being updated as more information becomes available.