Thousands ordered to flee wildfire near L.A.'s Getty Center

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Published on October 28, 2019 - Duration: 01:27s

Thousands ordered to flee wildfire near L.A.'s Getty Center

Thousands of people in Los Angeles were ordered to evacuate after a fast-moving brush fire ignited early on Monday morning near the Getty Center museum.

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Thousands ordered to flee wildfire near L.A.'s Getty Center

The fire broke out shortly after 2:30 a.m.

(0930 GMT) and has since grown to consume more than 400 acres in the hills around Interstate 405, near some of the city's most expensive homes.

At least two structures in the area were on fire, but there were no reported injuries, Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Erik Scott told reporters.

About 3,300 homes are in the mandatory evacuation area, including that of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.

He said he had been driving around before dawn with his family looking for shelter after being forced to flee.

"Finally found a place to accommodate us!" he wrote on Twitter.

"Crazy night man!" Officials at the Getty said the fire was burning to the north of the museum, which was designed with thick stone walls to prevent fire from damaging its treasures.

The fierce winds fanning wildfires elsewhere in the state, including a large fire consuming parts of the picturesque wine country north of San Francisco, were expected to abate on Monday.

But forecasters with the National Weather Service said high winds would return later in the week and could be the strongest so far this year in the south of the state.

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