Bel Air News
Fire In Bel Air Burns 70 Acres
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Sep 14, 2012 - 4:33:40 PM

BEL AIR—A brush fire ignited at a hillside along the Sepulveda Pass near the Getty Center on Friday, September 14, and set 70 acres ablaze. The fire was east of the 405 Freeway near the intersection of Getty Center Drive and Sepulveda Boulevard.

The fire began at 3:36 p.m. and by 6:30 p.m. the fire expanded a total of 70 acres. The northbound freeway off-ramp to Getty Center Drive was closed and Sepulveda Boulevard was closed between the 10 and 101 freeways, causing traffic on the 405 freeway to slow down to about five or ten miles an hour. The California Highway Patrol urged commuters to stay off the 405 in order to disperse the traffic.

Approximately 300 firefighters were sent on ground, as well as two Super Scooper aircrafts, which were stationed in Van Nuys, in order to maintain the fire and stop it from coming close to the Bel Air Estates. The state-owned CL215 planes used water from the Santa Monica Bay and are capable of dropping up to 3,000 gallons per trip. At least five Los Angeles helicopters circulated the area in order to help extinguish the flames.

The area experienced a record-breaking temperature of 102 degrees, dry air with a 9% relative humidity and mild wind at 7 mph to 9 mph. Soon after the first fire began, a second and third fire erupted as well. The third fire was caused by a blown transformer. The cause of the first two remains unknown.

Smoke could be seen from Century City to Santa Monica and even by Venice Beach. The Getty Center partook in a voluntary evacuation and remained closed on Friday.

No homes were threatened, however, residents were urged to remain prepared to leave the area if the fire continued to grow. No injuries have been reported as of press time.

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