As thousands of people fled the star-studded hills of Los Angeles as the Getty fire rushed to their multi-million dollar homes, many people cleaning their homes and gardens came to work.
Fixed flames erupted up a steep hill near the Brentwood section of the city, illustrating the danger facing the state, while strong winds hit both ends of California and threaten to turn every spark into a devastating hell.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that the Getty natural fire in the western neighborhoods of the city has seared more than 600 hectares, but its growth has slowed and dramatic images showed smoke and flames around the Getty Center with houses of Rembrandt's historic artworks and Van Gogh.
No deaths were reported, but people were warned to stay away from the area.
Despite the blackouts and the obvious danger of the Getty brand, the Los Angeles Times spoke to workers who had come to the mansions to start their services. It is not clear who their employers were.
A woman, Carmen Solano, said she did not know that a fire had broken out near the house of millions of dollars that she was cleaning. She was asked to report on Monday, but usually cleans on Wednesday.
Prison firefighters walk past a burned-out house on Tigertail Road during the Getty fire. More than 1,000 firefighters competed against the wind-driven fire that broke out near the famous Getty Center in Los Angeles
Firefighters in the province of Los Angeles have extinguished a home fire caused by the Getty Fire that burned near Brentwood Heights. The residents of the area had to evacuate in the middle of the night, but some had forgotten to tell their employees who came to work
The homes of Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, LeBron James, Josh Duhamel and Arnold Schwarzenegger are located in an area under mandatory evacuation orders
The LA Times reported that when Solano, an immigrant from Guatemala, rang the bell at the house, the owner said they had been told to evacuate at 3 am. No one had informed Solano – who had to take a taxi to the neighborhood. The owner later apologized and said he would let her know if she should return on her normal day.
Celebrities fled their homes in the star-studded neighborhoods, 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.
At least seven fires burned in the California region on Monday night, with the National Weather Service warning that high winds and low humidity could cause the fires to spread even further on Tuesday.
A helicopter prepares for dropping water while a natural fire called the Getty Fire burns in Kenter Canyon in Los Angeles
The Getty Fire broke out one night at a major highway and spread rapidly south and west, frightening 500 acres (and sending people away in the dark before their homes were destroyed
Firefighters could not save this Brentwood house
Kathy Griffin tweeted a video of the flames approaching her house quickly. She tweeted: & # 39; No, I'm not one of those a-holes that stop at the highway to get this video. Took it from my driveway. Thanks endlessly @LAFD @LAPDHQ and all first responders. They are tireless heroes! #GettyFire & # 39;
NBA star LeBron James also evacuated, tweeting: & Man this LA (fire emoji) are no joke. I had to evacuate my house in an emergency and I drove around with my family to get rooms. So far no luck! & # 39;
Eighteen minutes later he wrote an update: & # 39; Finally found a place to house us! Crazy night man! & # 39; He also added: & # 39; I (praying hands) for all families in the area who can now be affected by these (brand emoji & # 39; s)! Please go to safety as soon as possible.
& # 39; My best wishes also to the first responders who now do what they do best! & # 39;
Only charred debris remains after a house was completely burned in the Getty Fire
A LA City fireman is holding flames in a burned house in the 1100 block of Tigertail Rd
A fireman puts out hot spots near the Getty Fire area
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.
& # 39; If you are in an evacuation zone, do not rot, & # 39; tweeted the Terminator star on Monday.
& # 39; Get out. Now. & # 39;
Schwarzenegger added: & I am grateful for the best firefighters in the world, the real action heroes who take on the danger of protecting their fellow Californians. & # 39;
Dramatic images showed planes flying at low altitudes while dropping fire-retardant on the area around Schwarzenegger's house.
While those celebrities, along with the other well-to-do residents of the neighborhood, fled, a LA police officer told the LA Times that at least 10 employees had been told to leave.
A man walks past a burning house during the Getty fire
Firefighters try to save a house from a natural fire on Tigertail Road
A fire brigade helicopter flies over the Getty Fire while it burns in the hills of West Los Angeles
& # 39; For the most part, it was evacuated. I drive around and see people at work, & he said.
He added that when he asked them why they worked, they said: & # 39; I have to finish & # 39 ;.
Other workers were already around when their bosses called them to tell them not to come, and others showed up while families were evacuating.
A gardener, Tefilo Lopez, 72, told the LA Times while raking leaves outside an evacuated house. And although the authorities had blocked the area, he had walked to the house and turned on the sprinkler so that he could keep the lawn wet.
When asked why, he said: & # 39; What can I do. I need the money, I need the work. & # 39;
The evacuation orders affected 10,000 houses and businesses.
Houses have been set on fire since the fire broke out around 1:30 am and was swept by winds in ravines and mountain areas by Santa Ana, 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.
A helicopter drops water while a natural fire called Getty Fire burns in Kenter Canyon
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