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US News Thousands forced to flee as Getty Fire threatens Los Angeles

22:50  28 october  2019
22:50  28 october  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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The Getty Fire in Los Angeles erupted early Monday and is forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes as winds reach extremely dangerous levels in Southern A firefighter watches as flames approach the Mandeville Canyon neighborhood during the Getty fire , Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles .

The fire , known as the Getty fire , forced officials to seal off main interchanges of the 405 by midmorning. The Los Angeles Fire Department dispatched crews to protect the Getty Center A suitcase is packed, and sits by the door, awaiting the moment when they may have to flee once more.

a plane flying in the air with smoke coming out of it: A firefighting helicopter flies over the Getty Fire as it burns in the hills west of the 405 freeway in the hills of West Los Angeles, Oct. 28, 2019. © Gene Blevins/Reuters A firefighting helicopter flies over the Getty Fire as it burns in the hills west of the 405 freeway in the hills of West Los Angeles, Oct. 28, 2019.

The Getty Fire in Los Angeles erupted early Monday and is forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes as winds reach extremely dangerous levels in Southern California.

Getty Fire

Burning in the hills north of Los Angeles' famous Getty Center, the Getty Fire, which started just before 2 a.m. local time, has consumed over 600 acres. The Getty Center and Getty Villa are safe, but many houses were ablaze.

Mandatory evacuations are in effect in Los Angeles from the 405 freeway to the ocean -- which spans some of the most expensive real estate in the city. Southbound lanes of the 405 freeway, the busiest highway in the country, are now closed.

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(MORE: Thousands forced to flee as Getty Fire threatens Los Angeles ). "So we know the footprint that this fire can make with heavy gusts of wind," Moore told ABC News Tuesday. "What we're gonna see tonight, about 11 p.m., as these Santa Ana winds come through probably the worst winds Los

The Getty Fire began on the west side of the 405 freeway near the Getty Center about 2:30 a.m. CDT Monday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Several hours later, it had spread to more than 400 acres, and evacuations were ordered from Mulholland Boulevard south to W. Sunset

a man in a red lit up at night: A firefighter watches as flames approach the Mandeville Canyon neighborhood during the Getty fire, Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. © Christian Monterrosa/AP A firefighter watches as flames approach the Mandeville Canyon neighborhood during the Getty fire, Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. a street filled with traffic at night: The Getty Fire burns next to the 405 freeway in the hills of West Los Angeles, Calif. Oct. 28, 2019. © Gene Blevins/Reuters The Getty Fire burns next to the 405 freeway in the hills of West Los Angeles, Calif. Oct. 28, 2019.

In Los Angeles' upscale Brentwood neighborhood, fire crews put out fires on multiple homes early Monday as the sky glowed orange from the flames and dense smoke.

LeBron James said he was among those forced to evacuate from his home overnight.

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he also evacuated in the middle of the night.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's parents also evacuated, and the mayor Monday morning urged anyone in an evacuation area to leave immediately. He said multiple homes were destroyed.

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LOS ANGELES — Tens of thousands of Los Angeles residents were ordered out of their homes Monday, joining almost 200,000 Northern Californians previously forced to flee sprawling wildfires fueled by high winds and drought conditions. "We want people to now enact predetermined plans

An explosive wildfire burning in Southern California on Monday has already scorched some homes, threatened others and forced thousands to evacuate A firefighter watches as flames approach the Mandeville Canyon neighborhood during the Getty fire , Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles , Calif.

"We've seen fires and tragedies were people have believed they could stay," Garcetti said. "Do not do that. The only thing you cannot replace is you and your family."

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a man with a sunset in the background: Firefighters try to save a home on Tigertail Road from the Getty fire, Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles.

Roughly 25,000 people live in the evacuation zone, the mayor said.

Natalie Rodriguez, a nursing student at Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles, said she woke up to the smell of smoke just before 2 a.m.

"Even inside the dorms it was very smoky and it was hard to breathe," Rodriguez told ABC News. "You could feel the heat from the flames that were so close to us on the other side of the mountain."

a man riding a skateboard at night: A firefighter gets in position to hose down flames as a home burns in the Getty fire area, Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. © Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP A firefighter gets in position to hose down flames as a home burns in the Getty fire area, Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles.

"It was just a very scary experience," she said. "Something that I didn't think I would ever have to experience."

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The Tick Fire in Santa Clarita, just outside of Los Angeles , continued to expand overnight after it jumped State Road 14. The expansion forced additional evacuations in the Sand Canyon area and closed of portions of the highway. 10,000 structures are threatened by the fire , which already burned

the Getty Center in Los Angeles , burning several homes and forcing thousands to flee , including celebrities, while temporarily shutting down lanes of the 405 freeway and Both were threatened during the Getty fire in Los Angeles , CA on Oct. 28, 2019. (Staff photo by Bradley Bermont/SCNG).

As she and her roommates fled campus, the sky was bright orange -- even though it was the middle of the night. Rodriguez said she safely evacuated to her family's home.

UCLA has canceled Monday classes.

The origin of the quickly spreading blaze is under investigation but Garcetti said it was not caused by homeless encampments.

a person flying through the sky: A firefighting helicopter flies over the Getty Fire as it burns in the hills west of the 405 freeway in the hills of West Los Angeles, Oct. 28, 2019. © Gene Blevins/Reuters A firefighting helicopter flies over the Getty Fire as it burns in the hills west of the 405 freeway in the hills of West Los Angeles, Oct. 28, 2019. a plane flying in the air with smoke coming out of it: A helicopter drops water as the Getty fire burns on Mandeville Canyon, Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. © Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP A helicopter drops water as the Getty fire burns on Mandeville Canyon, Oct. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles.

Officials warned that the blaze won't come to an end on Monday. Throughout the day, the conditions in Los Angeles will be extremely dangerous for fire growth.

Wind gusts reached 66 mph in the Los Angeles area early Monday and could reach 50 mph through the evening, Red flag warnings are in effect through the day.

Gusty winds and dry conditions can cause an existing fire to behave erratically and any spark could quickly expand into a major blaze.

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As the Kincade Fire and the Tick Fire continued to burn, the Getty Fire broke out Monday morning in several tony areas near Los Angeles , the Los Angeles Fire Department said. JUST WATCHED. California fires force thousands to evacuate across the state.

The Getty fire broke in west Los Angeles in the wee hours of the morning The high winds expected in southern California could help spread the Getty fire if firefighters in Los Angeles are not able to contain it by the time the winds pick up. The fire forced a number of celebrities to flee their homes

Winds are expected to die down in Southern California on Tuesday before returning on Wednesday.

Kincade Fire

The Getty Fire is just one of the dangerous blazes burning in the Golden State.

In Northern California, the monster Kincade Fire has been burning since Wednesday night and has consumed over 66,000 acres in the heart of wine country.

Nearly 200,000 people have evacuated as the massive inferno rages on. Rough winds, which peaked at 102 mph, contributed to the Kincade Fire rapidly growing over the weekend. Containment fell from 10% to 5%.

a sunset over a fire: Firefighters survey Soda Rock Winery as it begins to burn during the Kincade fire in Healdsburg, Calif., Oct. 27, 2019. © Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images Firefighters survey Soda Rock Winery as it begins to burn during the Kincade fire in Healdsburg, Calif., Oct. 27, 2019.

Ninety-six structures have been destroyed and tens of thousands are still threatened.

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Over 4,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, and two firefighters suffered burn injuries, including one seriously.

All Sonoma County public schools are closed Monday and Tuesday.

Winds are forecast to weaken in Northern California on Monday, giving fire crews a chance to tackle the massive blaze. But critical fire conditions are expected to return to the region on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing gusts up to 40 mph.

a close up of a rock: NASA released this satellite image, Oct. 28, 2019, of the Kincaid Fire located in Sonoma County, California. © NASA NASA released this satellite image, Oct. 28, 2019, of the Kincaid Fire located in Sonoma County, California.

ABC News' Matt Gutman, Alyssa Pone, Alex Stone, Melissa Griffin and Marilyn Heck contributed to this report.

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