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Firefighters gain upper hand over Getty fire

September 15, 2012 |  8:23 am

Sepulveda Pass
Firefighters appeared to have gained the upper hand Saturday over a brush fire that has charred at least 90 acres just east of the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass, authorities said. 

Officials said containment of the blaze, which quickly lapped up a hillside during the height of Friday's rush-hour commute and prompted temporary closure of the Getty Center, remained at 40%, a figure reached by Friday night.

“The most important thing is that there were no injuries, no loss of life, no damage to structures,” said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brain Humphrey.

Photos: Brush fire in Sepulveda Pass

He said firefighters would continue to battle the blaze and full containment was expected Sunday.

The National Weather Service meanwhile warned that scorching heat forecast for this weekend would heighten the risk of other wildfires, particularly in the Angeles National Forest, the Santa Monica Mountains and the Ventura County Mountains. Forecasters predicted that humidity levels would be very low, with the Southland enduring triple-digit temperatures. 

Temperatures in the San Gabriel Valley could rise as high 104 degrees, with the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood Hills seeing a forecast 105 and 107, respectively.


Los Angeles regional weather forecast

Fire closures slow commuters on the Westside

Higher fire danger to persist on Saturday as temps top 100

-- Ann M. Simmons

Photo: An L.A. County helicopter drops water in a battle against a rapidly moving brush fire in the Sepulveda Pass. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times