A Los Angeles hillside brushfire that started near the city's
Brentwood and Bel-Air districts Wednesday morning has forced the closure of at
least two museums and one hotel.
The Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel has evacuated, while the
Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center were closed Wednesday. The Hotel
Angeleno, which is just east of the Luxe Sunset Boulevard, remained open, as
did the Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Sherman Oaks, the next-closest hotel
to the fire's mandatory evacuation area.
Several homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood have burned,
according to the Los Angeles Times. Bel-Air was the site of one of the city's
most destructive fires in November 1961, when almost 500 homes were destroyed.
The Brentwood-area fire, which was estimated to have covered
about 50 acres, was one of four burning in the Los Angeles area on Wednesday.
The others are the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, the Creek
Fire in the San Fernando Valley and the Rye Fire in Santa Clarita northwest of Los Angeles.