Another wildfire started in LA early morning Wednesday, December 6, this time close to the Getty Center. Residents for the area east of the 405, Mulholland to the North, Sunset to the South and Rosomare to the East were warned to prepare for an evacuation.
Stewart said officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were arriving in the neighborhood to handle any potential evacuation orders.
According to Curbed LA, the fire began at 4 a.m. burning 150 acres. No major institution so far has said it has incurred damage, but, as of midday, more than 150 buildings and homes have been destroyed in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, and almost 12,000 more buildings are potentially threatened by four fires threatening various areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
The fire was reported just before 5 a.m. Wednesday. In addition to the Bel-Air fire, the Ventura County fire has forced at least 50,000 people to evacuate.
Estimated at 50 acres and fueled by 25 miles per hour winds, the blaze was expected to grow, Los Angeles authorities told the newspaper.
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Deputies were actively sweeping the school grounds, but said there was no indication the suspects were on campus. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is offering a reward for information in the case through Crime Stoppers.
Nearly 200,000 people lost power in Ventura County on Tuesday, making it challenging for the 1,100 firefighters to put out the flames.
An unknown number of homes were destroyed by the blaze, according to LAFD.
LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas noted that red flag conditions are expected to remain in effect at least through Friday, with gusting Santa Ana winds presenting a continuing danger of rapidly spreading blazes.
Some 105 patients were being voluntarily evacuated from Mountain View Convalescent Center on Fenton Ave in Sylmar, said LAFD, noting that they had no reported injuries from any civilians.
All on and off ramps were blocked from the 101 Freeway to the 10 Freeway on both sides. Footage shot from inside a vehicle on the 405 showed the fire rolling down a hillside, as if hell itself had appeared in Southern California. These closures are causing massive gridlock in what is already one of the city's most congested intersections.