Officials said a Southern California wildfire was heading toward the historic Mount Wilson Observatory on Tuesday as unprecedented fire season continued over much of the West Coast.
The Bobcat Fire was within 500 feet of the observatory in Los Angeles County, which was established in 1904 and once had some of the largest operational telescopes in the world, the US Forest Service said shortly after 12 p.m.
“They are #BOBCATFIRE knocking at our door,” Observatory Tweeted monday night, Noting that all personnel were removed.
Images tweeted by the service showed a huge plume of smoke rising from the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles on Tuesday, where the observatory peaks at about 5,700 feet.
The Forest Service said the fire, which ignited on September 6, had grown to more than 41,000 acres by Tuesday. Around 1,100 personnel were fighting the blast.
The service said thousands of gallons were being tilled on Tuesday afternoon to prevent the C-130 aircraft from spreading. An image Tweeted by the observatory A line of wildland firefighters was shown crossing the suspension bridge from Century’s old 100-inch hooker telescope.
“We offer our sincere thanks to the firefighters who are defending our observatory as well as the pilots who flew for fire extinguishers,” the observatory said.
The observatory is where in 1925 astronomer Edwin Hubble stated that the Milky Way is one of several galaxies. Four years later, Hubble was in Mount Wilson when he confirmed that the universe was still expanding.
Bobcat Fire is one of California’s 25 major fires. A record 3.2 million acres have been burnt in California this year, and thousands of buildings have been destroyed. According to California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, twenty-five people have died.
In Battee County, where a campfire killed 85 people when it was recorded two years ago in the state’s deadliest wildfire – and where 15 were killed, a powerful off-shaw event last week sparked a north The complex fire was intensified – officials reported some progress on Tuesday and said no new humans were found.
Officials said the communities of Feather Falls, Berry Creek and Brush Creek suffered “substantial” damage and hundreds of homes were destroyed.
While working on fire response, Ron Bravo, deputy operations section chief, said firefighters have been working hard on the concentration lines to stop the fire from spreading in the city of heaven, which was devastated by the campfire and other surrounding communities .
“We are very confident that we will not worry about heaven or concho anywhere within the next seven days,” he said.
The North Complex West Zone was over 77,300 acres and contained 29 percent; In total the North complex is over 273,000 acres in water and contains 34 percent.
Meteorologist Dan Borsum of the National Weather Service incident said the cold weather would increase later this week.
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State officials and experts have attributed climate change and the creation of dried flora to dozens of fires that have scorched the state.
Massive explosions occurred in the Pacific Northwest, destroying cities and killing 10 people in Oregon and Washington.
Meteorologists said Tuesday that the haze that had settled over a wide area of the East Coast was the smoke that made its way east from the fire.
The Associated Press has contributed.