A brush fire broke out in the Sepulveda Pass this afternoon, sending up a smoke visible from around L.A. and the Westside.
ABC Eyewitness News estimated that more than 20 acres had gone up in smoke. The station also said Sepulveda Boulevard was shut down near the brusher. According to a statement from the L.A. Fire Department ...... the fire started at 3:36 p.m. near Sepulveda and Getty Center Drive.
We're just looking into it to see if it could be arson. We're not saying if it is or isn't.[Added at 4:48 p.m.]: That second fire was put out, says LAScanner. [Added at 4:50 p.m.]: CBS Los Angeles reports there might be a second or third fire at Coldwater Canyon and Mulholland drives along the ridge above Beverly Hills. [Added at 4:55 p.m.]: As firefighters staged at Sunset Boulevard and Bellagio Drive near UCLA the Los Angeles Times reports (at least via Twitter) that nearby Mount St, Mary's College was being evacuated. People at the Getty Center were told to go home as a precaution, even though the fire is on the other side of the freeway.
[Added at 4:59 p.m.]: The LAFD states that only about 8 to 10 acres have gone up in smoke so far. [Added at 5:04 p.m.]: The LAFD confirmed to the Weekly that there is a separate brush fire on the ridge above Beverly Hills near Mulholland and Coldwater Canyon drives. That appears to bring the count to three separate fires, with one out, in the area. [Added at 5:15 p.m.]: Several reports, including our City News Service feed, say two Super Scoopers planes are headed to what folks are calling the Getty fire in the Sepulveda Pass. [Added at 5:22 p.m.]: LAFD spokesman Cecil Manresa was on the line with ABC7. From what we can gather, the Mulholland fire was under control, the Sepulveda Pass's second fire was a transformer-sparked blaze that was quickly doused, and firefighters are getting a handle on the main Getty fire. [Added at 5:26 p.m.]: ABC7 says Mount St. Mary's "is open," contrary to other reports. Temperatures in the area, by the way, were said to be above 100 degrees. [Update at 5:45 p.m.]: The LAFD reports that the Getty fire is now at about 40 acres. [Added at 8:22 p.m.]: The LAFD stated at 7:53 p.m. that the blaze was 40 percent contained and had spread to 70 acres. [Added at 8:25 p.m. Sunday]: On Sunday afternoon the LAFD announced it had achieved 100 percent containment and that the fire had ultimately reached 90 acres. [@dennisjromero / firstname.lastname@example.org / @LAWeeklyNews]
The Getty Center is closed Friday evening, September 14, due to a nearby brushfire. There is no imminent threat to the Getty.— J. Paul Getty Museum (@GettyMuseum) September 15, 2012