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Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Han­nah Fry, Brit­tny Me­jia, RongGong Lin Ii and Matthew Orm­seth

LOS AN­GE­LES — A grow­ing brush fire was threat­en­ing thou­sands of homes in Brent­wood and other hill­side com­mu­ni­ties on the west side of Los An­ge­les, burn­ing homes and prompt­ing wide­spread evac­u­a­tions early Mon­day.

The Getty fire broke out shortly after 1:30 a.m. along the 405 Free­way near the Getty Cen­ter and spread to the south and west, rapidly burn­ing more than 500 acres and send­ing peo­ple flee­ing from their homes in the dark. About 10,000 struc­tures have been placed un­der manda­tory evac­u­a­tion or­ders.

The evac­u­a­tion zone was de­scribed by fire of­fi­cials as a box: Mul­hol­land Drive on the north side, the 405 on the east, Sun­set Boule­vard on the south and Temescal Canyon Road on the west.

Los An­ge­les Fire De­part­ment Chief Ralph Ter­razas said de­spite fire­fight­ers’ ef­forts, at least five homes, in­clud­ing some on Tiger­tail Road, have been de­stroyed in the blaze. That num­ber likely will climb in the com­ing hours.

Mayor Eric Garcetti urged res­i­dents to leave if they are un­der manda­tory evac­u­a­tion or­ders, say­ing some have had only 15 min­utes to flee.

“Get out when we say get out,” he said, urg­ing home­own­ers to not try to fight the fire with gar­den hoses. “The only thing you can­not re­place is you and your fam­ily.”

The roughly 500 fire­fight­ers bat­tling the blaze early Mon­day braced for a chal­leng­ing fight as fire weather con­di­tions are ex­pected to worsen through the day. Pre-dawn, em­bers were be­ing cast a mile ahead of the body of the fire amid mod­er­ate winds. Thick smoke was vis­i­ble across the Los An­ge­les Basin.

Fire of­fi­cials ad­vised res­i­dents out­side the manda­tory evac­u­a­tion zone but in the fire area to pre­pare to leave. UCLA and other ar­eas east of the 405 are not un­der an evac­u­a­tion warn­ing.

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