LeBron James Evacuates House As New California Blaze Erupts
A dangerous wildfire that broke out early on Monday in Los Angeles was threatening hundreds of homes near the world-famous Getty Center.
In Northern California, improving conditions could help crews gain ground on wildfires that have forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate. Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick told reporters on Monday morning that authorities weren't yet allowing people to reenter areas burned by the so-called Kincade Fire, the state's largest.
In Los Angeles, the fire department said the Getty Fire had burned more than 500 acres. Several neighborhoods were under evacuation orders.
A video posted on social media by a motorist shows one side of Highway 405 was turned into a towering inferno, CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports. Fire officials called it a dynamic situation.
The flames were being fanned by high winds, which seemed to have calmed down a little before dawn, Evans reports. One of those displaced from his home by the several fires burning near Los Angeles was Lakers star LeBron James.
The Getty Fire and Kincade Fire were among more than a dozen fires burning in California.
The Kincade Fire grew to more than 66,000 acres and was only five percent contained, Cal Fire said Monday morning.
Two firefighters were injured fighting the blaze, Jonathan Cox of Cal Fire said during a press conference Sunday. One suffered minor burn injuries, but another suffered significant burn injuries and had to be airlifted to the UC Davis Medical Center.
The fire has destroyed 96 structures and damaged 16 structures, and officials say nearly 80,000 structures are threatened.