Firefighters Work to Save Mount Wilson Observatory From Bobcat Fire

Mount Wilson Observatory safe from Los Angeles fires

Mount Wilson Observatory safe from Los Angeles fires WIBQ Syndicated Content Sep 16 2020 2:20 PM

Evacuation orders were issued for residences within the area north of Angeles Crest North and between Clear Creek Station and Highway 39.

Here's what we know about the fire so far today.

Hundreds of firefighters have been battling the blaze since it started September 6 near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area. The cause of the blaze remained under investigation, according to FOX11.

All roads leading into San Gabriel Canyon were closed. Firefighters are working to keep the fire south of Pearblossom after it reached Juniper Hills Thursday.

Fire crews have fended off a blaze threatening the historic Mount Wilson Observatory, as wildfires of unprecedented scope in the U.S. West spread smoke across the nation and even into Europe on Wednesday.

Firefighters battling the blaze had made slight headway in recent days in trying to control the flames that erupted Sept 6, but containment shrank from six per cent to three per cent Tuesday, according to the Angeles National Forest. "Delaying evacuation will prevent fire crews from suppression activities and compromise the safety of the public and first responders".

A firefighting aircraft drops the fire retardant Phos-Chek as the Bobcat Fire threatens nearby homes on September 17, 2020 in Juniper Hills. The U.S. FOREST SERVICE reported in a tweet WEDNESDAY morning that, "We had a good night last night and fire behavior moderated at the south end of the fire". "Vehicles should be fully fueled, facing out in their driveways and ready to leave".

Sierra Madre police said 32 homes were affected by the evacuation order in their city, where the City Council unanimously approved a declaration of a state of emergency on Sunday.

Two victims of the California wildfires were packed and ready to evacuate the area, but chose to stay at their shared home after reading "erroneous information" about the spread of the fire. Residents returning to their homes were advised to use Glendora Mountain Road, as State Route 39 remains closed.

A Red Cross evacuation center has been set up at Palmdale High School at 2137 E. Ave. R.

L.A. County officials said a shelter site for horses has been established at the Pomona Fairplex (entry at Gate 12).

The South Coast Air Quality Management District extended its smoke advisory through Friday afternoon with most of its jurisdiction experiencing smoke impacts.

Other major blazes have also wreaked death and destruction in the neighboring state of OR and in Washington state, further to the north.

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The Mount Wilson Observatory is no longer at risk in a wildfire burning in the mountains surrounding Los Angeles, a spokesperson for the United States Forest Service said Wednesday.

"He'd continue to discover other galaxies throughout the 1920s, eventually making another big finding in 1929: that the universe was expanding".

"Although we have received some moisture, there is still fire danger in western Colorado", Scott Fitzwilliams, White River National Forest supervisor, said in a news release.

"The heat can do irreparable damage".

"It's a bigger area now", Dantic said.

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