Thousands of people, including several celebrities, were ordered to evacuate some of Los Angeles’ wealthiest neighborhoods after a fast-moving brush fire ignited early on Monday morning near the Getty Center museum, the latest outbreak in a wildfire season that has scorched parts of California.
The fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. (0830 GMT) and has since grown to consume more than 500 acres (202 hectares) in the scrub-covered hills around Interstate 405, near some of the city’s most expensive homes.
Basketball star LeBron James, “Terminator” star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Agents of SHIELD” actor Clark Gregg and “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter all said on Twitter that they had been forced to evacuate their homes.
At least five homes had burned down but there were no reported injuries, Mayor Eric Garcetti told reporters at a news conference with fire officials, warning that he expected the number to rise.
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