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Posted: December 07, 2017

California wildfires halt film production, threaten famed Getty Museum

California Wildfire: Hundreds of Thousands Evacuated

By Jennifer Brett, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

LOS ANGELES —

The California wildfires that have forced massive residential evacuations have forced a temporary halt to some filming activity and loom ominously close to one of the state’s most famed cultural institutions, as well.

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“All filming activity scheduled to take place in Mountain Fire Zone Areas has been suspended,” industry group FilmLA said, citing notification from the Los Angeles Fire Department. That’s scheduled to last through Dec. 10. FilmLA is also telling production outfits it’ll be unable to accept permit applications for filming in the Angeles National Forest until Dec. 15.

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A commuter driving in the affected area posted this harrowing clip:

“Production of 'S.W.A.T.' has been suspended for the day due to wildfires and unsafe air near our stages,” the CBS show announced via Twitter. “Safety of cast and crew come first. Prayers to all affected by these fires.”

HBO said in a statement it is pausing work on “Westworld” due to the fires, and the Getty Museum has closed as precaution.

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“The fire is northeast of the Getty Center and east of the San Diego Freeway,” the museum said via Twitter. “Air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke. We continue to monitor the situation and will issue updates as we have them.”

Actress Morgan Fairchild posted a photo of smoke billowing near Universal Studios:

The blazes have forced 200,000 people from their homes and destroyed at least 200 homes. FEMA urges residents to prepare in advance in case they need to leave quickly.

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Flames from a wildfire loom up over a neighborhood in Santa Paula, Calf., Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Ventura County fire officials say the blaze broke out Monday east of Santa Paula, a city of 30,000 people about 60 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Powerful winds are pushing the blaze west toward the city along Highway 150, which is shut down. (Megan Diskin/The Ventura County Star via AP)

California wildfires force thousands to evacuate: Live updates

Wildfires are raging through parts of Southern California, burning thousands of acres, destroying homes and businesses and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.

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Chelsea Handler evacuates, blames Trump for California wildfires

Television personality Chelsea Handler, among the thousands forced to evacuate due to the raging California wildfires, called out President Donald Trump in a controversial tweet about the blaze Wednesday. “It’s like Donald Trump is setting the world on fire. Literally and figuratively,” she wrote.

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The infernos have caused filming to halt temporarily and threaten the famed Getty Museum.

Handler’s antipathy for Trump often fuels her busy Twitter feed.

>> California wildfires force thousands to evacuate: Live updates

“We have got to get rid of Trump,” she posted on Nov. 22. “He is incapable of honesty or goodwill. He cares about no one. We must stay the course and not let up.”

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She also speaks out on national events with frequency.

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“Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in [sic] killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans,” she posted on Nov. 5, after a gunman opened fire in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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Terrifying footage shows California drivers commuting mid-wildfire

Los Angeles commuters had one hell of a drive to work Wednesday morning as a wildfire swept through the Bel-Air district, forcing the closure of at least one stretch of a major freeway.

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The wildfire has reportedly reached about 50 acres in size and is still growing, fueled by 25-mph winds. While the freeway closures were in the name of safety, one negative result was a massive gridlock in one of Los Angeles’ most congested and busy areas. Officials have issued a mandatory evacuation notice to at least one neighborhood filled with multimillion-dollar homes, as the fire has already started burning some down. More than 125 firefighters have been on the scene, and water-dropping helicopters are reportedly being used to quench the flames.

Terrified drivers took to social media to share dramatic photos and videos from their drives:

“This is My drive to work this. Lord ‘Be still,'” one Twitter user wrote. “Praying for [people] up in those mountains, LA County and myself this morning.”

>> LIVE UPDATES: California wildfires force thousands to evacuate

Multiple wildfires are raging throughout Southern California, smothering the region in smoke. In addition to the Bel-Air fire, the Ventura County fire has forced at least 50,000 people to evacuate. Meanwhile, blazes from the Sylmar fire, Santa Clarita fire and San Bernardino fire have also had devastating effects.

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