Los Angeles hotel reopens, museums stay closed because of fire


The Luxe Sunset Boulevard, a hotel evacuated Wednesday because of a hillside brushfire near the Getty Center in Los Angeles, reopened Thursday morning, but nearby museums remained closed to protect art collections from smoke.

The Luxe, located in Los Angeles' Brentwood neighborhood, reopened because the fire became more contained.

The Getty Center, the Skirball Cultural Center and parts of the Hammer Museum remained closed. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) canceled classes because of the poor air quality.

The hillside fire ignited Wednesday morning and has covered about 475 acres. About a dozen homes in Los Angeles' Bel-Air neighborhood were either damaged or destroyed by the fire. The fire caused the temporary closure of the 405 freeway between West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

The fire is one of at least four burning through Southern California. 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.

The Thomas Fire has burned 96,000 acres and is just 5% contained, while the Creek Fire has burned almost 13,000 acres and is 10% contained.
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