L.A. Brush Fire Breaks Out Near Getty Center

5:13 PM PST 09/14/2012 by Sophie Schillaci
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The museum has been closed and evacuated as crews respond to a fast-moving blaze along the 405 freeway.

A fast-moving brush fire blazed near the Getty Center on Friday, resulting in the museum being voluntarily closed and evacuated for the day.

Crews have responded to the fire, which continued to burn at the time of publication. According to the Los Angeles Times, at least two acres of heavy brush were involved on the east side of the 405 freeway near the Sepulveda Pass.

Local news station KTLA is providing live coverage of the fire online. Watch here.

High temperatures are reportedly to blame for the fire, with KTLA reporting that the area is registering heat of 99 degrees with wind gusts of 25 mph. At the time of publication, nearby residential areas were not being evacuated. Rush-hour traffic, however, is expected to be slower than usual.

The Los Angeles Fire Department PIO told Fox 11 that there were 160 firefighters in the field and that no homes are in immediate danger, though several upscale residences appeared to be in the direct line of fire.

Smoke from the fire could be seen throughout Los Angeles, with many locals tweeting photos of the flames from various points of the city.

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