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Brush fire in Sepulveda Pass 40 percent contained; Getty Center temporarily closed (UPDATED)

A view of the fire near the Getty Museum.
A view of the fire near the Getty Museum.
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A view of the fire near the Getty Museum.
Fire blazing near the Getty Center near the 405 freeway on Friday.
A view of the fire near the Getty Museum.
A wind-driven brush fire in the Sepulveda Pass is burning on the east side of Sepulveda Boulevard near Getty Center Drive. The Center has closed.

A wind-driven brush fire in the Sepulveda Pass near the Getty Center is 40 percent contained.

It has burned about 70 acres so far, Cecil Manresa from the Los Angeles Fire Department told KPCC. LAPD has over 300 firefighters on scene working, including assistance from Los Angeles County Fire Department, Santa Monica Fire Department and Beverly Hills Fire Department. Super scoopers have also been ordered.

We've made quite a bit of progress," he said.

There has no damage to structures and no injuries. Manresa said he expects to staff the fire through Saturday morning.

Angie Crouch of NBCLA told KPCC's Alex Cohen that despite high temperatures in the high 90s, the super scoopers have done a good job and handcrews are currently working on the fire.

"They've got a pretty good handle on it," she said.

The 405 Freeway in both directions is open, but moving slowly. The Getty Center Drive off-ramp is closed, Officer Vincent Ramirez of the CHP told KPCC.

Charmaine Fajardo, a public information officer for the CHP, said people should take alternate routes home.

Bill Pitkin, took a Commuter Express bus, and reported it took an hour-and-a-half to get from Century City to the 405.

The Getty Center has voluntarily closed, and Getty spokeswoman Julie Jaskol said evacuation orders went well. Mount St. Mary's College near the Getty Center has confirmed to KPCC that they are not evacuating.

“There’s no imminent threat to the Getty Center, or staff or visitors," she said. "The fire is across the freeway, east of Sepulveda, but in order just to sort of clear the hills, and clear the Sepulveda Pass, we thought it was best to go ahead  to start asking visitors to leave.”

Depending on fire efforts, Jaskol said the museum will likely re-open tomorrow. 

Two other nearby fires initially popped up: one near Mulholland Drive and Coldwater Canyon, which was a transformer fire and another on Mulholland. 

Manresa said both were quickly contained.

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