Southern California is dealing with its annual deluge of wildfires, with a blaze impacting the west side of Los Angeles near the famed Getty Center.
The fire forced Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James to leave his home with his family among many others early Monday under mandatory evacuation. James tweeted that he and his family struggled to find vacancy at hotels until eventually finding shelter before sunrise.
LeBron feeds first responders
On Tuesday, James showed his appreciation to firefighters and other first responders battling the blaze near his home by hiring a taco truck to feed them at their base camp.
“It’s just challenging at that hour, getting my family, getting my kids, getting everybody and having to evacuate at such a rapid rate,” James told reporters on Tuesday at Lakers shootaround prior to a home game against the Memphis Grizzlies. “You don’t really have much time to think about what you can get, or what you can do.”
James also praised first responders for their work to protect lives and property. “It’s an amazing job what they do and their commitment with what’s going on right now,” James said.
James said that his children missed school Monday but returned Tuesday and that his family is still living in a hotel.
High winds threaten to feed fire
According to the Los Angeles Times, favorable weather conditions helped firefighters slow the fire overnight into Tuesday, with the blaze 5 percent contained. But the National Weather Service issued an “extreme red flag warning,” forecasting Santa Ana wind gusts up to 80 mph — the strongest in more than a decade — that could stoke the fire burning on the west side of Interstate 405.
As of Tuesday morning, the Getty fire had scorched 658 acres and burned down several homes, according to the Times. Around 1,100 firefighters are working to contain and extinguish the fire.