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Getty Center to reopen to the public Friday

July 9, 2009 |  1:28 pm

The Getty Center will open its doors again to the public Friday after having closed due to a fire in the Sepulveda Pass.

A spokeswoman for the Getty told Culture Monster that the center will resume normal hours of operation starting tomorrow. On Wednesday, a fire in the hills just north of the museum caused the evacuation of about 1,600 visitors and 800 staff members. The fire has consumed 80 acres of land but no damage has been reported to the Getty's structure or grounds.

Firefighters managed to contain 90% of the blaze by Wednesday evening.

The L.A. Fire Department has already begun to reopen Sepulveda Boulevard, which is the only road that provides public access to the Getty Center.

-- David Ng

Photo: View of the Sepulveda Pass near the Getty Center. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times