Getty Fire in LA Extinguished, Museum Re-Opens
The Getty Museum has now re-opened after the LA Getty Fire earlier in the week.
The midweek fire consumed 80 acres of land, but no damage was reported to the Getty's structure or grounds, and there was never any danger to the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection.
However, a small fire did start up again nearby but has already been contained.
The Getty fire that is burning near the famous Getty Museum has burned 80 acres, forced evacuations, closed Sepulveda Boulevard, caused traffic jams on the 405 and caused some panic among residents in the area. The fire is now 90% contained, but Sepulveda Boulevard remains closed between Mulholland Drive and Sunset Boulevard and two freeway off ramps, Getty Center Drive and Skirball Center Drive on the 405 Freeway are also closed.
At the moment no structures are threatened, but the Getty Museum has taken precautions against any potential damage.
Nonetheless, museum officials evacuated about 2,400 people and shut down the ventilation system, so it wouldn’t carry smoke past its art collection. That collection includes illuminated manuscripts, photographs, and works by European painters, including Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.
The Los Angeles Fire Department has also issued voluntary evacuations for surrounding homes, but at the moment they are not mandatory.
The fire appears to have been started accidentially during a weed-abatement program at about 12:44 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in the 1200 block of Getty Center Drive.
Yesterday as many as 350 firefighters were on the scene and helicopters are working in the area still.