LeBron James was among evacuees as the Getty fire that erupted early Monday grew to more than 400 acres.
The Lakers superstar, who has two homes in Brentwood, tweeted just before 4 a.m. that he was trying to find rooms for his family after having to “emergency evacuate” his house, calling the fires ”no joke.”
“Man these LA [fires] aren’t no joke,” James wrote. “Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far!”
About an hour later, James posted an update, saying he and his family had found a place to stay.
“Finally found a place to accommodate us!” he tweeted. “Crazy night man!”
Man these LA 🔥 aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far! 🤦🏾♂️— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019
Finally found a place to accommodate us! Crazy night man!— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019
James also tweeted out well wishes for others affected by the fires.
“I [pray] for all the families in the area that could be affected by these [fires] now!” James wrote. “Pretty please get to safety ASAP.”
He added: “My best wishes as well to the first responders right now doing what they do best!”
I 🙏🏾 for all the families in the area that could be affected by these 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 now! Pretty please get to safety ASAP— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019
My best wishes as well to the first responders⛑ right now doing what they do best! 🙏🏾💪🏾— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019
It probably was not how James expected to spend the hours after he and the Lakers defeated the Charlotte Hornets 120-101 Sunday night at Staples Center.
As of Monday morning, the growing brush fire was threatening thousands of homes in Brentwood and other Westside hillside communities, burning several homes and prompting widespread evacuations.
Overtime pay for firefighters has surged by 65% in the past decade, further evidence of the toll an unprecedented string of wildfires has taken on California.
Pacific Gas & Electric on Friday announced a $13.5 billion settlement for a string of recent fires in Northern California that killed dozens, and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.
State Insurance head Ricardo Lara announced a one-year moratorium banning insurers from not renewing policies for homeowners in fire-ravaged areas.
The fire broke out shortly before 2 a.m. along the 405 Freeway near the Getty Center and spread to the south and west. About 10,000 structures were under mandatory evacuation orders.
The mandatory evacuation zone was described by fire officials as a box: Mulholland Drive on the north side, the 405 on the east, Sunset Boulevard on the south and Temescal Canyon Road on the west.