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The Getty Fire — which broke out around 1:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the Sepulveda Pass and Brentwood area adjacent to the 405 Freeway — stands at about 600 acres, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said in an update around noon today.
The fire caused emergency closure of all schools in Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, which the district accounced early Monday morning. Pepperdine University, meanwhile, remains in session.
The westward-moving fire has forced mandatory evacuations of more than 10,000 structures from Temescal Canyon Road (western border) to Chautauqua Boulevard between Sunset Boulevard and Mulholland (north border) and the 405 Freeway (east border). There is no longer mandatory evacuation in that area south of Sunset, according to the evacuation-area map.
As of noon Monday, the fire had destroyed at least eight structures, authorities said.
Residents south of Mulholland, east of Topanga Canyon, north of Sunset and west of Temescal Canyon Road are in the evacuation warning area.
As of 8:20 a.m., there was a full closure of the Southbound 405 Freeway from the 101 Freeway to Sunset Boulevard. All southbound traffic was to be diverted to 101 and eastbound/westbound from 101 is closed to Southbound 405. Offramps at Sepulveda Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Moraga Drive, Getty Center Drive, Skirball Center Drive and Mulholland Drive will be closed. Topanga Canyon Boulevard is being closed from Mulholland Highway to PCH for non-residents, California Highway Patrol announced.
More than 470 firefighters are battling the blaze.
More information is available at the LA County Getty Fire page.
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District's notification of the school closure came just a few hours after it said Sunday night that schools would remain open Monday.
"The decision to close schools was made with care and thoughtfulness, after discussing conditions with our leadership team and our community partners," Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati wrote in an email Monday afternoon. "We are living in conditions that are not predictable, preventing us from making these decisions the night before, in most cases.
"After deliberation between 5 and 6 a.m., taking all factors into consideration, is when the decision to close schools was made. We stayed on top of the situation and alerted you at 6:30 a.m. via text, push notification and email, followed by a voice message. We posted on school websites. For future reference, this is our standard notification protocol."
The email also said the district is again meeting at 2 p.m. to "evaulate current conditions," but that school and activities are expected to resume tomorrow, Oct. 29.
Santa Ana winds are projected to continue until at least 2 p.m.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.