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Wildfire Forces Evacuation of High-Priced L.A. Neighborhoods

  • ‘Get the hell out of there,’ L.A. councilman advises people
  • More than 500 acres scorched by fast-moving brush fire
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A fast-paced brush fire has forced evacuation of some of the ritziest neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area and shut a major thoroughfare as high winds wreak havoc in California.

The areas being evacuated stretch from Mulholland Drive south to the Pacific Ocean and east to the 405 Freeway, an area with about 20,000 residents, according to a spokesman with the Los Angeles Fire Department. The Getty Fire, now covering more than 618 acres, erupted at 1:34 a.m. local time on Monday in an area managed by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.