Another fire broke out in the Los Angeles area on Monday, Oct. 28 around 1:30 a.m., according to The L.A. Times.
An evacuation order was placed in the early hours of Monday morning as authorities drove through neighborhoods ordering people to get out, according to The L.A. Times.
Thousands of people in and around the northern Brentwood area had to evacuate as the fire quickly grew, as reported by The L.A. Times.
Mount Saint Mary's University was forced to evacuate, according to CNN. UCLA canceled classes on Monday but resumed classes on Tuesday, according to the UCLA Newsroom.
Celebrities including Lakers player LeBron James, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Senator Kamala Harris reported that they had to evacuate, according to The L.A Times. Several students from the area were also within reach of the fire’s destruction.
“In the recent fire, my parents had to be evacuated at 2 a.m. and [were] not able to return home. The fire department ended up going through my backyard to get to the fire – that’s how close it was,” said Tara Karawia, a freshman health and human sciences major.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that 15% of the fire has been contained but the fire has grown to 656 acres. Santa Ana winds are supposed to increase the fire’s intensity Tuesday night, according to ABC News.
“My house burned down last year in the Woolsey fire, so my family relocated to Brentwood. Now, we are going through a similar experience in Brentwood with the Getty fire,” said Kathryn Earl, a sophomore liberal studies major. “Living through and experiencing California wildfires is just an unfortunate price that you have to pay for living in such a beautiful area.”
The fire was caused by a tree branch falling on a power line, according to ABC News.
“Not being with my parents was scary because I wasn’t sure if they were OK and if my home was still standing,” said Karawia. “Fires are scary and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Yes, L.A. is a dry city and is prone to them, but there [have] to be better ways of regulating them so that this cycle ends.”