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US Getty fire: Investigators look for cause of blaze that burned homes, spurred widespread evacuations

20:45  29 october  2019
20:45  29 october  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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  High-voltage power line broke near origin of massive California fire that forced thousands of evacuations After it sparked late Wednesday night, the fire spread rapidly. More than 16,000 acres were charred through Thursday night. At one point, it was growing at a rate of 30 football fields per minute. Authorities struggled against the strong winds Thursday, and the fire remained almost entirely uncontained by nightfall, state authorities said. No injuries have been reported, but nearly 50 structures have been damaged or destroyed. Meanwhile, 400 miles south, a rapidly expanding fire burned through Canyon Country, in northwestern Los Angeles County, covering more than 5,000 acres by Thursday evening.

The fire , known as the Getty fire , forced officials to seal off main interchanges of the 405 by midmorning. The growing blaze caused the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and many private schools to close before classes were to begin.

Getty Fire : Blaze burns along 405 Freeway near Getty Center, destroys homes in LA. Most of the evacuations that were ordered throughout the day Monday were expected to stay in place overnight Investigators were also looking at a broken tree branch with a charred end that was on the ground

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LOS ANGELES — As firefighters worked to contain the Getty fire that swept through Brentwood on Monday, investigators were trying to determine the cause of the blaze that burned homes and caused thousands to flee.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said authorities had determined the fire was not sparked by fires at homeless encampments. That’s a key finding because a fire two years ago on the other side of the 405 Freeway in Bel-Air that destroyed homes was believed to have originated in a homeless camp.

Arson investigators were on the scene Monday looking for evidence, but officials had not determined that the fire was intentionally set.

The fire broke out shortly after 1:30 a.m. Monday along the 405 Freeway near the Getty Center and spread to the south and west, rapidly burning more than 600 acres and sending people fleeing from their homes in the dark.

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said that, despite firefighters’ efforts, at least eight homes, including some on Tigertail Road, were destroyed in the blaze. Five others were damaged. Some homes that were destroyed were adjacent to properties that didn’t sustain any damage, he said.

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THE Getty Fire is the latest blaze to break out in the US state of California, causing evacuations and power outages in the area. So far the blaze , located near Los Angeles, has burned 618 acres and destroyed at least eight homes . The dangerous wildfire continues to threaten hundreds of homes

“They were literally overwhelmed,” Terrazas said of crews fighting the fire within neighborhoods. “They had to make some tough decisions on which houses they were able to protect. Many times, it depends upon where the ember lands.”

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The neighborhoods around the Sepulveda Pass have seen more than their share of fires over the years — and residents say they know to be on guard.

In the hills surrounding Danny Cahn’s home, fires have a history of blasting out of control. In 1961, when Cahn was a preschooler, residents had to flee an inferno that swept through Bel-Air and Brentwood, destroying 484 homes.

Cahn said life had never quite been the same since the “big one” roared though, propelled by Santa Ana wind conditions that left a number of L.A.’s rich and famous homeless.

“There’s always a threat hanging in the air around here,” said the retired film editor, 62, who was taking photos Monday of aircraft dropping pink retardant and water on flames about half a mile away. “I can recall six or seven major fires in my lifetime.

“When the smoke clears and the fires are out,” he said, “it’ll be a wonderful place to live — until the next wildfire.”

Another major fire that broke out in the Sylmar area earlier this month is also under investigation. The Saddleridge fire, which burned homes in Porter Ranch, started under Southern California Edison power lines.

Edison later said its electrical system was “impacted” around that time. The utility hasn’t provided additional details.

Earlier this year, authorities alleged that two Los Angeles men intentionally set fire to a homeless encampment, a situation that sparked a brush fire and led to the evacuations of several homes in Eagle Rock and Glendale.

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a sunset over a snow covered street: Firefighters work the Getty fire on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 as it burns homes along Tigertail Road in the Brentwood Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif.© Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS Firefighters work the Getty fire on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 as it burns homes along Tigertail Road in the Brentwood Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif. a pizza sitting on top of an oven: LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019: Flames are reflected on a LA City fire truck on  Sepulveda Blvd. in the Sepulveda Pass as the Getty fire as it burns in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 28, 2019.© Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019: Flames are reflected on a LA City fire truck on Sepulveda Blvd. in the Sepulveda Pass as the Getty fire as it burns in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 28, 2019.

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