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A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter circles around the hills of Bel Air after dropping water on the pockets of fire below just after sunset on Friday, Sept. 14.
Photo by Roger Morante
A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter circles around the hills of Bel Air after dropping water on the pockets of fire below just after sunset on Friday, Sept. 14.

News, Ucla, Fire, Bel Air, Sunset Blvd

Fire Breaks Out Above Bel Air Near Getty Center

A fast-moving fire swept across 70 acres of brush in the Sepulveda Pass on Friday near the Getty Center.
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A fast-moving fire swept across 70 acres of brush in the Sepulveda Pass on Friday near the Getty Center.
A Los Angeles County Fire Helicopter drops water on smoldering pockets of flame below in the hills of Bel Air on Friday evening Sept. 14, 2012.
Photo by Roger Morante
A Los Angeles County Fire Helicopter drops water on smoldering pockets of flame below in the hills of Bel Air on Friday evening Sept. 14, 2012.
A pocket of fire springs up in the hillside of Bel Air on Friday night Sept. 14, 2012.
Photo by Roger Morante
A pocket of fire springs up in the hillside of Bel Air on Friday night Sept. 14, 2012.

Posted Sep. 14, 2012, 10:54 am

Roger Morante / Sports Editor

A fire broke out near the hills overlooking the houses of Bel Air north of Sunset Blvd. off of Sepulveda and Getty Center Drive around 3:30 p.m. today.

The fire has been named the CA-LFD-Getty fire and has been categorized as a wildland fire by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The fire broke out around rush hour on Friday, snarling traffic on the west side of Los Angeles and brought cars to a standstill along Sunset Blvd near UCLA.

The burning hill top in the Santa Monica Mountains threatened around 300 homes in the area, but no structure damage or injuries have been reported.

Estimated costs to date hover around $393,000.

The flames had burned 70 acres with no containment at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

As of 8 p.m. the fire was 40 percent contained and firefighters battled pockets of fire along the hill side of Bel Air throughout the night.

According to a national weather statement high temperatures will stay in effect Saturday, Sept. 15 with the possibility of the heat rising "to around 100 in the lower elevations in the mountains."

Heat index when the fire broke out on Friday was 94 degrees F.

It has been reported that The Getty Center near the fire conducted a voluntary evacuation.

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Sep. 15, 2012, 7:10:13 am

Damen said...

I'll bet all of the anti-airport folks would rather see it burn than to let those noisy fire bombers going overhead. "Not in my backyard!" they say.

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