Officials say a wildfire in Southern California on Tuesday is roaring towards the historic Mount Wilson Observatory as the unprecedented fire season continues to sweep most of the West Coast.
According to the US Forest Service, the Lynx fire is located within 500 feet of the Los Angeles County Observatory. The Los Angeles Observatory was established in 1904 and once owned the world’s largest telescope. The US Forest Service said,
The Observatory tweeted on Monday night: “#BOBCATFIRE is knocking on our door.” He pointed out that all personnel have been evacuated.
Images posted by the service on Twitter on Tuesday showed heavy smoke emanating from the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles, where the observatory is located on the top of the mountain about 5,700 feet.
The forestry department said that as of September 6, the fire had expanded to more than 41,000 acres. Nearly 1,100 people are fighting the fire.
The department said a C-130 plane landed thousands of gallons of flame retardant on Tuesday afternoon to prevent the fire from spreading. An image posted by the Observatory on Twitter shows a row of wild firefighters passing through a suspension bridge from a 100-inch Hooker telescope with a century-old history.
The observatory said: “We express our most sincere gratitude to the firefighters who defended our observatory at the scene and the pilots who flew planes to prevent fires.”
The observatory is one of many galaxies in the Milky Way shown by pioneer astronomer Edwin Hubble in 1925. Four years later, Hubble confirmed that the universe was still expanding when he was on Mount Wilson.
The Lynx fire is one of the 25 largest fires in California. This year, California burned a record 3.2 million acres and destroyed thousands of houses. According to the California Forestry and Fire Department, 25 people died.
In Butte County, campfires killed 85 people in the state’s deadliest wildfire two years ago, and 15 have been 15 People lost their lives. No new humans have been discovered.
Officials said, but the communities of Feather Falls, Berwick Creek and Bush River suffered “substantial” damage and hundreds of houses were destroyed.
Ron Bravo, deputy chief of the operations division responsible for the fire response, said firefighters have been working hard to contain the fire to prevent the fire from spreading to the town of Paradise, which was damaged by campfires and other communities.
He said: “We are very confident that we will be able to build our own production line without worrying about heaven or Concow appearing anywhere in the next seven days.”
The western part of the northern complex covers an area of more than 77,300 acres, accounting for 29%; the entire northern complex has burned more than 273,000 acres, of which 34% has been contained.
National Weather Service accident meteorologist Dan Borsum (Dan Borsum) said that a cold front is expected later this week to lower temperatures.
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State officials and experts blamed climate change and dry vegetation for accumulating dozens of fires that scorched the state.
The fire also spread in the Pacific Northwest, destroying towns and killing 10 people in Oregon and Washington.
Meteorologists said on Tuesday that the smog that permeated large tracts of land on the east coast was smoke spreading east from the fire.
Associated Press Contributed.