But Garcetti warned that the situation could be gone at any moment if the flames were lifted.
"We may in some places, maybe, some people come back tonight, just to get them out tomorrow in the middle of the night," he said.
tamed until noon, leaving employees cautiously optimistic about their ability to contain flames. But even stronger winds were expected to return Tuesday night and flood the region throughout the day Wednesday. A combination of single-digit humidity and gusts of up to 80 mph can quickly bring back tide conditions, according to The Capital Post Capital Weather Gang.
The Mayor describes the upcoming work for emergency crews as a race against the clock.
"We hope to make deep progress in the next 24 hours because we need that progress before Wednesday," Garcetti said earlier in the day. "It's Wednesday when these Santa Anas are blowing even harder."
"We feel like we're embracing this, but with the big warning that the wrong gust, the air coming from the wrong direction, can lift the heat and immediately make that fire elsewhere, "he added. "So when people say, 'Hey, I feel like my home is far from where this fire is' ̵
1; don't come back, for your own safety. Trust the firefighter. Trust the pros to do this and not be a hero. "
The National Weather Service said it expects the next wave of Santa Anas to be" the strongest we've seen so far. "An extreme red alert will be in effect for the Los Angeles area from 11pm Tuesday to 6pm. Thursday local time, which means fires can spread quickly during this time and keep in a way that makes it difficult to control them
A fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. on the west side of Interstate 405 in an area known as Sepulveda Pass, near the Getty Center Museum, requiring mandatory evacuations in an area of more than 10,000 residential and commercial buildings.
Roughly 1,100 regional firefighters battle "the very dynamic "flames from earth and sky as it heads west to forested land, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. Three recreation centers evacuated homes.
Eight homes were destroyed in flames and six others were damaged, they said.
The firefighters "were literally flooded," Fire Chief Ralph Terazas told reporters, "They had to make some difficult decisions about which houses to protect. Many times it depends on where the amber goes down. "
The flames in southern California join the huge Kinkade fire that sweeps over 66,000 acres of wine country across the state.
Terrace warned people to act quickly if they were in the Getty escape area. He noted that in recent weeks, the Los Angeles area has experienced several major fires due to increased Santa Ana winds and lack of rain.
"It's a dangerous season right now," Terazas said.
Students at the Chalon campus of St. Mary's University in the evacuation zone left campus overnight and stayed at the Doeney campus near downtown Los Angeles. Flames, smoke and ash were visible from campus, according to a Twitter user who identifies himself as a resident.
Some celebrities tweeted about the evacuation. Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James wrote that he and his family are strolling around trying to find somewhere to stay before finally finding a place to accommodate them. Clark Greg, an actor in several Marvel films, said he and his dogs were evacuated to a hotel room. Actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he was evacuated at 3:30 and urged people in the evacuation zones not to "get screwed".
The University of California Los Angeles and several public schools in the area were closed because of the blast.
J. Paul The Getty Museum, which houses exhibitions of visual arts, was untouched by the fire, but was closed on Monday as the flames approached the edges of campus. The carefully designed museum has an advanced air filtration system to block the pollution, a million-gallon tank and an evacuation plan, the Los Angeles Times reported in 2017.
"Many have asked about art – it's protected by state-of-the-art technology, "the museum tweeted about 8:30." The safest place for art and library collections is inside. “