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US News Officials: Getty Fire sparked by falling tree branch on power lines

07:15  30 october  2019
07:15  30 october  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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The Getty Fire in Los Angeles was sparked by a tree branch that fell on top of power lines and ignited nearby brush, officials said Tuesday. Garcetti said the city had cleared some brush in the area over the summer. The branch came from a tree 25 feet above the power line and 20 feet up a

Getty Fire investigators focus on a power pole in the Sepulveda Pass on Oct. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said a tree branch fell on power lines , causing them to spark and start the Getty Fire that’s burned more than 650 acres in Brentwood and surrounding areas.

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The Getty Fire in Los Angeles was sparked by a tree branch that fell on top of power lines and ignited nearby brush, officials said Tuesday.

"The fire was likely caused by a tree branch that broke off during the high wind conditions and subsequently landed on nearby power lines, which resulted in sparking and arcing that ignited nearby brush," the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

"This was, simply put in plain parlance, an act of God," Mayor Eric Garcetti said during a news conference.

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(Bloomberg) -- A Los Angeles fire that has burned more than 650 acres and destroyed a dozen homes was sparked by a tree branch that fell on power lines , according to Mayor Eric Garcetti.“It was an act of God

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a close up of a tree: William La Jeunesse reports alongside firefighters battling the flames in California. © FoxNews.com William La Jeunesse reports alongside firefighters battling the flames in California.

The department also released dashcam footage of what is believed to be the moment the fire began.

Garcetti stressed that the blaze was not the result of faulty equipment. Utilities in the state have under scrutiny from customers and public officials in recent years for their roles in several massive wildfires.

The blaze erupted around 1:30 a.m. Monday on the west side of Sepulveda Pass, where Interstate 405 passes through the Santa Monica Mountains, racing down toward neighborhoods and threatening thousands of homes. It broke near the J. Paul Getty Museum and drove many, including celebrities LeBron James and Arnold Schwarzenegger, from their homes.

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A Los Angeles fire that has burned more than 650 acres and destroyed a dozen homes was sparked by a tree branch that fell on power lines , according to Mayor Eric The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power , a city-controlled utility, owns the lines hit by the branch that sparked the Getty Fire .

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Garcetti said the city had cleared some brush in the area over the summer. The branch came from a tree 25 feet above the power line and 20 feet up a hill, KABC-TV reported.

More than 650 acres have burned and thousands have evacuated their homes. A dozen have been destroyed and five were damaged. Garcetti said there were no open flames but firefighters were working to extinguish embers throughout the burned area.

Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said firefighters were initially overwhelmed.

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“They had to make some tough decisions on which houses they were able to protect. Many times, it depends upon where the ember lands," he said, The Los Angeles Times reported.

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BRENTWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Getty Fire was sparked when high winds carried a tree branch from outside of a brush clearance zone into a city power line , officials said Tuesday. The tree where the branch came from was about 25 feet away from the power line and 20 feet up the hill.

The so-called Getty Fire had burned 656 acres (265 hectares) as of Tuesday afternoon, destroying eight homes and forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents, including celebrities such as NBA star LeBron Getty fire in LA likely caused by tree branch falling on power lines : fire officials .

The blaze was 15 percent contained as of Tuesday evening, officials said.

The city's Department of Water and Power said it doesn't cut off service to customers during high winds, unlike Pacific Gas & Electric, California's largest utility, according to The Times.

“Our systems are completely different,” Andrew Kendall, senior assistant manager of the DWP’s power system, said at a board meeting earlier this month, according to the paper. “We have a 465-square-mile service territory. PG&E’s is 70,000 square miles, Edison is 50,000 square miles.”

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Some 600 DWP customers in the fire area remained without power Tuesday.

California has grappled with a slew of wildfires in recent weeks. Crews are currently battling the Kincade Fire in the state's wine country; that fire has grown to 75,000 acres.

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