The Getty Museum in Los Angeles Has Closed Because of the Skirball Fire
Los Angeles' Getty Museum has closed as the Skirball fire has closed in on the surrounding area.
A spokesperson from the museum said that the art would remain safe as the museum closed, citing how the museum was designed with the potential for wildfires in mind.
“The safest place for the art is right here at the Getty,” Ron Hartwig, the Getty’s vice president of communications, said Wednesday.
The Getty employs an air-filtration system that forces polluted air out of the galleries to protect the art, the Los Angeles Times reported. The museum has a travertine and metal exterior, as well as a million-gallon reserve water tank on site, according to the same report.
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles contains European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and photography, according to its website. It's an iconic element of the City of Angels, perched on a hill above the 405.
Leadership from the museum promised to keep the public aware of updates on their social media accounts.
The nearby Skirball Cultural Center has also closed over concerns of air quality.
A combination of dry vegetation and the Santa Ana winds have fueled wildfires across Southern California, with the Skirball fire now threatening the Los Angeles metropolitan area. So far more than 100,000 acres in Southern California have burned, according to CNN.