Firefighters had tamped out the 656-acre Getty fire’s flames by its second day but crews braced for extreme Santa Ana winds expected to starting hitting Los Angeles County at 11 p.m. Tuesday.
By Tuesday afternoon, officials said the fire had destroyed 12 homes, some earlier but recently discovered as firefighters got deeper into the charred swath, and damaged five others as 1,165 personnel worked to control the blaze.
Containment, the percentage of the perimeter where the fire definitely would not pass, grew to 15% from 5% in the morning. There had been no reported injuries or fatalities.
“We have no open flames right now,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday afternoon of the fire at the base of The Getty Center off of the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. “But – and it is a big but … all it takes is one ember cast and we can see new fires or fire.”