Wildfire threatens California’s famed Getty Center Museum and Bel Air

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 12/7/2017 | Leslie Eastman
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California’s Wine Country has been steadily recovering from the devastating wildfires that ripped though and Napa and Sonoma valley area this past October.

Now, one of the wealthiest communities in the state and one if it’s cultural treasures are being threatened by new blazes that have broken out during the region’s infamous Santa Ana wind cycles.

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The hills north of Los Angeles were burning Wednesday as the wildfires that have already devoured a large swath of Ventura County menaced the nation’s second-largest city.

With several multimillion-dollar mansions in the tony Bel-Air neighborhood already ablaze and flames threatening the Getty Center arts complex and its priceless collection, officials closed down part of Interstate 405 — a key north-south artery. All the while, firefighters rushed to contain the blaze.

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…The massive blazes showed no signs of stopping as roaring winds fueled flames that feasted on the tinder-dry conditions in the region. And by midmorning, it had already consumed a half-dozen mansions and 150 acres of some of L.A.’s most expensive and desirable properties, The Los Angeles Times reported.

While helicopters bombarded the blaze from above with water drops, some 125 firefighters armed with chainsaws struggled to clear away the thick brush that was feeding the fire.

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Police ordered an evacuation of all homes between two of the city’s most storied roadways — Mulholland Drive on the north and Sunset Boulevard on the south — as thick black smoke and swirling ash turned day into night.

The Ventura County blaze, known as the Thomas Fire, has expanded to 65,000 acres and still has zero percent containment as the blaze continues to rage Wednesday.

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The blaze has destroyed at least 150 structures, and Cal Fire said 12,000 more are threatened.

The fire ignited Monday evening and has steadily increased in acreage, jumping the 101 Freeway near Solimar Beach Tuesday night and charring 70...
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