Firefighters continued to battle the 618-acre Getty fire on Tuesday that destroyed at least eight homes one day earlier and has sent thousands of residents fleeing their homes west of the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles.

Containment of the wind-driven blaze remained at 5%, but the portion of the southbound 405 that had been shuttered was been re-opened in time for early commuters.

The Getty fire started at about 1:30 a.m. Monday, below The Getty Center, and quickly swelled with the help of Santa Ana winds that pushed it west.

Los Angeles Fire Department officials said about 20,000 people had been evacuated before orders were lifted Monday evening on the Mountain Gate neighborhood near the freeway and Mountaingate Drive.

SCHOOL CLOSURESThese public and private schools are closed due to the Getty fire

MAPThis is where the Getty fire is burning, and where evacuations are in place

As of Tuesday morning, mandatory evacuations remained in place for the swath bordered by Temescal Canyon Road to the west, Sunset Boulevard to the south, Mulholland Drive to the north and the 405 Freeway to the east.

Evacuation orders have been issued for roughly 10,000 structures, homes and commercial buildings.

Firefighters were working to get a strong hold of the blaze as soon as they could in preparation for possibly the strongest winds of the season, expected to arrive Tuesday night.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.



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