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Smoke blankets S.California due to wildfires

Smoke blankets S.California due to wildfires”

Firefighters worked into the overnight hours to hold the fire just above West Fork on Highway 39 while strengthening containment lines and slowing progress of the fire from moving farther south toward foothill communities, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Flames can be seen approaching the Mt. Wilson Observatory as the Bobcat Fire approached the historic site on September 15, 2020.

Creating "dozerlines" is a firefighting technique in which bulldozers remove plants and other flammable material to leave a line of bare soil and stop the fire from spreading.

Officials from the observatory confirmed all personnel had been evacuated and added the fire was "knocking on our door".

Now the Bobcat Fire is 44,393 acres with 3% containment. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but officials said it is burning on both sides of the road in timber.

By Tuesday night, the Angeles National Forest praised the firefighters' work around the mountain.

"Yesterday firefighters were successful in keeping the fire from impacting Mt. Wilson Observatory", officials said in a report Wednesday morning.

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A tree casts embers as the North Complex Fire burns in Plumas National Forest, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.

The observatory made solar observations before Hale set his sights on bigger things - first a 60-inch (152-centimeter) reflector telescope that began being used in 1908 and then a 100-inch (254-centimeter) telescope that saw first light in 1917.

Meanwhile, evacuation warnings remained in the cities of Duarte, Bradbury, Monrovia, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Pasadena and Altadena, which stand along the foothill of Santa Ana Mountain where the Angeles National Forest is located.

By early Wednesday, the blaze had burned more than 69 square miles (180 square kilometers) and was largely uncontained, but the flames were calmer.

The observatory was likewise narrowly spared from a much larger blaze fought off by fire crews in 2009. "Luckily we don't have any wind driving it now".

All 18 national forests in California, including the Angeles National Forest, are closed due to the extreme wildfire threat across the region.



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