Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was among the Southern California residents who had to leave their homes as mandatory evacuations were issued early Monday, after a “very dynamic fire” erupted on a hillside near the Getty Center museum, fire officials said.
The Los Angeles Fire Department is urging residents to evacuate neighborhoods on the city’s west side., due to the explosive blaze. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news briefing he has seen about five burned homes since the Getty Fire began Monday, which he said was not caused by any homeless encampment or by anyone else who is unhoused.
The fire erupted around 1:30 a.m. local time in the Sepulveda Pass along Interstate 405 near the Getty Center Museum community and the hill-top golf community of Mountain Gate, according to LAFD spokesman Capt. Erik Scott.