Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California

Hundreds of firefighters battle dynamic brush fire in Southern California

Fire crews were hard at work trying to contain the blaze, but they were fighting a fire fueled 25 miles per hour winds. By mid-morning, the size had grown to about 150 acres.

According to a report from the museum on its Twitter account Wednesday morning, "Air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke".

The Getty Center and the nearby Skirball Center are both on the west side of the freeway, and did not appear to be threatened.

All Santa Monica-Malibu Los Angeles Unified School District schools will be closed Wednesday due to the fire.

UPDATE: (5:50 a.m.) Fire now burning 50 acres. Evacuations were initially ordered in the area north of the Foothill Freeway from Glenoaks Boulevard on the west to the border with La Crescenta on the east.

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The crews were assigned to structure protection for both residential and business structures and could be in Los Angeles County for up to 14-days before returning home.

Citywide, about 600 officers were assigned to coordinate security and various "firefighting events, " Beck said.

As firefighters tenaciously battled flames from several major fires that all flared in just 24 hours in Southern California, animal lovers anxious about their pet's safety with as many as 150,000 people under mandatory evacuation orders. At least 1,000 firefighters were deployed to the scene.

"These are days that break your heart; but these are also days that show the resilience of our city, " Garcetti said. "The Bel-Air fire took out a lot of homes, and it's in the same area as back then". The blaze reached 11,000 acres by early afternoon, according to the LACFD.

Southern California is suffering an outbreak of large wildfires, thanks in part to strong Santa Ana winds and dry conditions that are expected to persist through most of the week. She and her family were given just enough time to gather some necessities but not their horses, Padilla said.

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