Valued works of art in a museum near the scene of a natural fire in California are safe because the building is fire resistant with its own water tank of one million gallons under the garage.
Northern California authorities ordered 180,000 residents to flee their homes on Sunday, because historic winds fueled wildfire in the wine country.
Flames roared along 405 Freeway near the Getty Center, which shows pre-20th century art objects from artists such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh.
But fire resistance was built into the billion dollar complex, said Ron Hartwig, vice president of communications from the J. Paul Getty Trust.
On Monday, flames raged along the 405 motorway near the museum, which shows pre-20th century art objects from artists, including Rembrandt and Van Gogh
The Getty Center museum (left) can be seen above on Monday dressed in smoke from the natural fire that started nearby at the Sepulveda pass
The immediate zone around the building is kept green with fire-resistant plants and the vast area around the campus is kept strictly clear of grasses
The buildings also have strong concrete walls and automatic fire doors that can retain fires in enclosed spaces, The New York Times reported when previous fires destroyed the area in 2017.
There is also a carbon-filtered air conditioning system designed to get rid of smoke and internal sprinklers are ready in the event of a natural or intentional incident.
"If a fire starts within one of those compartments, it can't get anywhere," Michael G. Rogers, director of the Getty facilities, told The New York Times earlier.
The Getty has also buried a million gallon water tank under the parking garage, giving it the highest level of fire resistance.
The $ 1 billion home of the J. Paul Getty Museum is located in the Santa Monica Mountains and is closed to prevent damage to his works from smoke from various forest fires.
The collections range from pre-20th-century European paintings to Roman and Greek antiquities, tapestries, photographs and manuscripts, all protected by extensive anti-fire systems outside and inside.
The immediate zone around the building is kept green with fire-resistant plants and the vast area around the campus is kept strictly clear of grasses.
Canopies of oak trees also serve to suppress the growth of vegetation that could feed a fire.
On Monday, a small brush fire burns in the hills near the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Firefighting aircraft quickly contain the Santa-powered fire.
A small fire breaks out at the entrance to the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California. The Getty fire began on October 28 along the 405 Freeway near the Getty Center in Los Angeles
The Getty Center is covered with smoke while the Getty fire burns Monday. However, fire resistance was built into the billion dollar complex, confirmed Ron Hartwig, vice president of communications of the J. Paul Getty Trust
The state of California has been plagued by at least nine forest fires in the last two weeks with the last fire that broke out on Sunday near the Getty Center.
Meanwhile, Mayor Eric Garcetti from Los Angeles says the natural fire in Getty in the western neighborhoods of the city has seared more than 600 hectares, but its growth has slowed down.
Dramatic images showed smoke and flames around the Getty Center with historic artworks by Rembrandt and Van Gogh.
Celebrities have fled their homes and dramatic images showed flames spreading rapidly to the eight-bedroom Brentwood mansion of actor Josh Duhamel Monday.
He bought the extensive 8,232 m² site with then woman Fergie for $ 5.2 million in 2007.
Hudson got into her vehicle in the upscale Pacific Palisades neighborhood to evacuate early Monday morning when the threat of fire loomed up.
Dramatic images showed planes flying at low altitudes while dropping fire-retardant on the area around Schwarzenegger's house.
The $ 1 billion home of the J. Paul Getty Museum is located in the Santa Monica Mountains and is closed to prevent damage to his works from smoke from various forest fires
The Getty Fire burns Monday near the Getty Center along the 405 highway north of Los Angeles, California, USA.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the Getty forest fire in the western neighborhoods of the city has seared more than 600 hectares, but its growth has slowed down
Aircraft dropping water and fire retardants participated in the fight against the devastating forest fire on the west side of Los Angeles.
Night-flying helicopters made water droplets during the morning hours on Monday and large planes began flying the area after the sun came up.
Two so-called & # 39; Super Scooper & # 39; turboprop aircraft that scoop up water from lakes and reservoirs have begun to make drops, along with converted jets that release loads of bright pink retarder.
Schwarzenegger, the film star and former California governor, also tweeted that he was evacuating his Brentwood home at 3:30 PM.
The premiere of Monday night's red carpet in Los Angeles by & # 39; Terminator: Dark Fate & # 39; starring Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, was canceled due to the fire.
& # 39; We will donate food intended for the after-party to the American Red Cross, which serves the victims of the fires, & # 39 ;, Paramount said in a statement.
The former wife of the former governor, Maria Shriver, tweeted: & # 39; So grateful that our firefighters risk their lives for all of us.
& # 39; We have been evacuated, but we are safe. Praying for our neighbors. & # 39;
Shriver also tweeted: & Praying for everyone on the path of this terrifying destruction. Thanks again to our firefighters for keeping us safe.
Houses have been set on fire since the fire broke out around 1:30 am and was swept away by Santa Ana winds in canyons and ridgetop neighborhoods. But there is still no exact count of how many were destroyed.
Ralph Terrazas, fire chief of Los Angeles, says his firefighters had to make difficult choices about which houses could be saved.
Garcetti says the cause of the fire is being investigated.
The dry gusts of wind are expected to be replaced in the afternoon by a return of moist ocean air. But Santa Ana wind is expected to return Tuesday evening.
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