California wildfires grow in size as flames reach Rupert Murdoch vineyard

An example of firefighters at work

An example of firefighters at work

One of several wildfires raging in the hills above Los Angeles is "directly across the freeway" from the Getty Center, the main campus of the J. Paul Getty Trust and home to the Getty Museum, according to the Trust's vice president for communications.

Other agencies assisting include the U.S. Forest Service, Los Angeles County Fire Department and Cal Fire. While art lovers anxious when they heard that Los Angeles's Getty Center would be closing its doors this week, as the fires closed part of the 405 Freeway, there was a bit of good news.

The new fire was situated in the Sepulveda Pass, where the San Diego (I-405) Freeway cuts a path through the mountains to connecting West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

According to LAPD: Residents by Casiano Rd, Moraga, & Linda Flora in West Los Angeles being evacuated/are evacuated for the 405 brush fire.

The fire was reported just before 5 a.m. Wednesday.

State fire officials say the worst is yet to come.

"These are the kind of conditions that keep public safety officials up at night", said Janet Upton, deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire.

The Los Angeles Unified School District is closing Roscomare Road Elementary School, Community Magnet Charter School and Kenter Canyon Elementary School and multiple other schools.

As of 8 a.m., the 405 freeway was closed from the 101 to the 10, and Sunset Blvd.is also closed near the 405. The fire is not contained in the slightest. "THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work!" Air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke.

"We don't have a good feel on which direction this fire is heading", Stewart said.

The Getty Center will be closed Wednesday due to the wild fires burning in Southern California.

As fire swirled around them Wednesday, employees at the Getty Center, which is now featuring masterpieces by the Italian painter Caravaggio, announced on Twitter that the art galleries would be closed.

The winds were part of the season's "strongest and longest" Santa Ana event.

Forecasters are calling for another afternoon of gusty winds, which will help fuel the fires on Wednesday.

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