LA Wildfires Force LeBron to Evacuate, Threaten Landmark Getty Center

The museum tweeted Monday that it doesn't expect its collection to be impacted by the blaze

An exterior view of the Getty Center on August 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
An exterior view of the Getty Center on August 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
By Bonnie Stiernberg / October 28, 2019 11:59 am

A brush fire that has consumed more than 500 acres of Los Angeles hillside is threatening to spread to the city’s famous Getty Center museum, NBC News reports.

At least 10,000 nearby commercial buildings and homes — including LeBron James’s house in Brentwood — are under mandatory evacuation orders as more than 470 Los Angeles firefighters work to battle the blaze. The fire also forced the closure of Interstate 405. The fire reportedly broke out around 1:30 a.m.

While the fire is near the Getty Center, museum officials tweeted that they’re confident their collection will remain unscathed. “Getty Center and Getty Villa remain SAFE from the #GettyFire, which is burning to the north and west of the Center,” they wrote. “Both Getty sites will be closed today (Oct. 28). We have activated our full emergency response.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti urged residents to comply with evacuation orders, saying some homes have already been lost. “Get out when we say get out,” he said. Firefighters are reportedly dealing with 20 mph winds as they work to contain the flames.

People in Los Angeles are being asked to avoid neighborhoods in and around the Brentwood and Westwood areas. Of California’s 58 counties, 43 were under red-flag warnings for high fire danger on Sunday (Oct. 27).

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