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Sepulveda Pass Fire 50% Contained, 1 Firefighter Injured, Cause was Accidental*
(UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: Shortly after this was published, LAFD said the fire was 50% contained and accidentally caused by sparks from weed abatement crews tools. The post originally said it was 20% contained.)
As of 5:45 p.m., the fire in the Sepulveda Pass near the Getty Center museum was 50 percent contained with 80 acres burnt through, a number that will likely be revised very soon.
Traffic impacts include the closure of Sepulveda Boulevard between Mulholland and Sunset and the the off-ramps at Skirball Drive.
A volunteer evacuation is in effect for nearby homes and there is concern that a nearby landfill may cause a methane explosion, according to ABC7. The Getty Center museum and Mount St. Mary's college were evacuated.
One firefighter from LA County's fire department sustained a foot injury. The fire, burning in the Santa Monica Mountains, is burning through "very rough terrain" and "40 plus years of dense brush growth," said Lauren deRosier, a city fire spokesman. Although the city of Los Angels is the lead agency, firefighters from LA County, Culver City, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica are assisting. However, with the majority of the fire on steep terrain, the fight is currently an air attack with seven helicopters on scene.
As night sets in, firefighters are seeing a potential safety concern with sending firefighters into the steep heavy brush after dark with no easy escape. As night sets in, temperatures, humidity and winds are cooperating.
The next official media briefing will take place at 9 p.m. As the fire continues, more updates will be posted at this link.
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