Containment efforts are ongoing in Los Angeles county (California state) as firefighters battle the Getty fire on Tuesday, October 29. The fire began on Monday, October 28, around Sepulveda Pass, on the west side of Interstate 405 near the Getty Center Museum. As of 14:15 (local time) on Tuesday, the fire is 15 percent contained and has destroyed at least 12 homes and damaged another five. Almost 8000 residents are currently in a mandatory evacuation zone. Road closures remain in effect for westbound Sunset Boulevard from Interstate 405 to Temescal Canyon, northbound Sepulveda Boulevard from Moraga Drive to Skirball, and southbound Sepulveda Boulevard from Skirball to Sunset Boulevard. Local health officials have also issued unhealthy air quality warnings due to smoke from the fire for northwest central Los Angeles county and parts of San Fernando Valley.
While current weather conditions have been favorable, strong, dry winds are expected to hit the area over the coming days. The National Weather Service has issued extreme red flag warnings in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from 23:00 on Tuesday until 18:00 on Thursday, October 31. Peak wind gusts between 80-112 kph (50-70 mph), and up to 129 kph (80 mph) in isolated places, along with very poor to no humidity are expected to create critical fire conditions in the region. The winds and dry conditions may cause the blaze to rapidly spread or create new fires.
Further evacuation orders, road closures, and power outages are possible in the vicinity of the wildfire over the near term. Up-to-date information on evacuation zones and fire can be found on the Los Angeles Fire Department website here.
No casualties have been reported from the fire as of Tuesday. California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on Sunday, October 27, as wildfires burn across the state. According to initial investigations, authorities believe that the Getty fire was caused by a tree branch hitting a powerline, causing sparks to ignite nearby brush.
Individuals in Los Angeles county and other fire-threatened areas in California state are advised to monitor developments, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation notices, road closures), and exercise caution when traveling near wildfires. Children and those with respiratory illnesses are advised to limit outdoor activity in areas affected by smoke.
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