November 19, 2018 Update
Fire agencies report that the Woolsey fire is nearing full containment and total damage is being assessed. Officials have increased the number of structures destroyed to 1,500. Cooler weather has arrived and there is rain in the forecast for Wednesday. Utilities and local agencies are now in recovery mode, restoring power, water, and infrastructure to many communities.
The Getty Villa will reopen to the public this Friday, November 23.
Visitors with parking reservations on the dates the Villa was closed have been provided information about rescheduling. The Getty Villa and Getty Center both remain safe and sound and we always have extensive fire prevention efforts in place. At no point was the Getty Villa threatened by the Woolsey Fire. The Getty Center is open and operating under its normal hours.
Due to the extensive damage in the western Santa Monica Mountains, some evacuations remain in effect and Pacific Coast Highway remains closed between the border of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties and Malibu Canyon. The Getty Villa can be reached via Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica and via Sunset Boulevard. As road closures are subject to change, please check Highway 1 road closure updates before driving to the Villa.
Our hearts go out to the thousands of people whose lives have been disrupted. As the extent of the devastation from the Woolsey fire becomes better understood, we know many of you would like to assist fire victims. You will find information on how to donate from the Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center.
November 14, 2018 Update
Fire agencies today have positive news, reporting that they expect the Woolsey Fire to be at full containment by Sunday. What has been one of the most destructive fires in Los Angeles-area history is now at near 50 percent containment. Weather conditions remain dry with low humidity, but winds are not forecast to increase, aiding the fire effort.
While many evacuation orders remain in place, residents in the western fire zones are being allowed to reenter to inspect their properties under escort by emergency responders. Residents in the eastern areas are being allowed to return after providing proof of residence at a checkpoint on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Utilities are beginning to shift into disaster recovery mode to restore power and water to the area.
The Getty Villa and Getty Center both remain safe and sound and we always have extensive fire prevention efforts in place. At no point was the Getty Villa threatened by the Woolsey Fire. The Getty Center is open and operating under its normal hours.
Pacific Coast Highway is now open up to Topanga Canyon where there is a checkpoint for local traffic only. PCH is at the moment the only route in and out of the disaster zone. Officials tell us that PCH is needed for recovery efforts and it is optimal to keep the thoroughfare accessible to local residents and disaster relief. As a result, the Getty Villa will remain closed to the public through Thanksgiving Day with the expectation we will reopen on Friday, November 23.
We will continue to provide further updates on our website, social media, and The Iris.
Our deepest sympathies are with all of those who have lost their homes and who have been impacted by this tragedy, especially right in the aftermath of the Wednesday shooting tragedy in Thousand Oaks. We are working to support the emergency response effort and our surrounding communities.
November 13, 2018 Update
We continue to closely monitor the wildfire situation and to receive updates from our regional fire agencies. Today, Tuesday, November 13, we have learned from fire agencies that the Woolsey Fire is 35 percent contained, but they have experienced flare-ups today in remote wildland locations. Full damage assessments have not yet taken place after six days of battling the fire.
Fire agencies tell us that there still is no timeline for reopening the evacuation zones in Malibu and in some valley communities. There is also no plan to reopen the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), which remains closed at Sunset Boulevard indefinitely and is being used for emergency responders only. Even when evacuations are lifted, we anticipate that PCH will be needed for disaster recovery efforts. As a result, the Getty Villa will remain closed to the public until further notice and we are planning for it to be closed at least through Thanksgiving Day. We will follow direction from emergency agencies as to the appropriate time to reopen.
Based on information we have about the weather conditions and status updates from fire agencies, the Getty Villa and Getty Center both remain safe and not threatened; our art and archives are secure. We are following our standard protocols for red-flag weather conditions. The Getty Center remains open and operating under its normal hours.
Many people have been asking questions about how we keep our art and archives secure from fire. You may find of interest a story that appeared yesterday in Popular Science about our fire prevention efforts. While it focuses on the Getty Center, we also have similar practices to protect the Getty Villa.
Original Text Published November 10, 2018
As you may have seen in news reports, the wildfires burning in the Santa Monica Mountains, across Ventura and Los Angeles counties, have expanded overnight and are not contained. Based on information we have about the future weather conditions and status updates from fire agencies, the Getty Villa and Getty Center are both safe and not threatened and our art and archives are secure. The Getty Villa is on the eastern border of Malibu and far from the fire zone. The Getty Center remains open and fully operational on its normal schedule.
However, Pacific Coast Highway near the Villa is now closed at Sunset Boulevard and is being used for emergency responders only. As a result, the Getty Villa will remain closed to the public until further notice. We will follow direction from emergency agencies as to the appropriate time to reopen. It could be several days given the magnitude of the situation.
We have offered the Villa facilities as a place for fire crews to rest and recover. We are working with the Incident Commander, who will be dispatching teams to the Villa shortly. We are preparing to house and feed the firefighters.
We will provide further updates on our website, social media, and The Iris.