Getty Center, Johnny Cash home threatened by ring of fire in California

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The biggest biggest blaze, the Thomas Fire, burning in and around the city of Ventura, grew by 10,000 acres overnight to 65,000 acres and jumped Highway 101 in the area, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

- An early-morning second-alarm brush fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar Tuesday charred more than 4,000 acres, damaged at least one home and prompted the evacuation of people and animals.

In a scene reminiscent of the October fires in the North Bay, video posted by the Los Angeles Times showed dozens of homes burning in one neighborhood as the fire raced through terrain that reportedly had not burned for decades.

More than a dozen shelters have been set up to help evacuated residents. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but flames were threatening the famed Getty Center and adjacent buildings on its sprawling hillside campus.

Estimated at 50 acres and fueled by 25 miles per hour winds, the blaze was expected to grow, Los Angeles authorities told the newspaper. Mandatory evacuations are being ordered in some surrounding areas. All North Bound lanes of the 405 are closed in the area.

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An evacuation center had been opened at the Sunland Senior Center at 8640 Fenwick St., but that center was closed as the fire closed in.

About 105 patients were voluntarily evacuated from Mountain View Convalescent Center in Sylmar.

- for small animals, West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer St.; East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St.; and Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd, Sunland/Tujunga. Both were closed for the day, as was Santa Monica College and all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck warned that given the Santa Ana winds that are expected to continue through the week, fire and law enforcement officials will be stretched to the limit.

"It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so".


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