UPDATED 9:34 AM PT – Thursday, September 17, 2020
Containment efforts have continued for the ‘Bobcat Fire’ in Los Angeles. The blaze prompted more evacuations in the Antelope Valley area Thursday, which is about 85 miles north of Los Angeles.
Officials also lifted evacuation orders that were activated in nearby Arcadia on Wednesday.
Firefighters were successfully able to steer the flames away from the historic Mount Wilson Observatory in northeast Los Angeles by using controlled burning.
We give our sincerest thanks to the firefighters who are on the ground defending our observatory as well as the pilots flying aircraft for fire suppression. Here’s a picture from of firefighters crossing the "Einstein Bridge" from the 100-inch dome. #BOBCATFIRE pic.twitter.com/yrbLPtnhJh
— Mount Wilson Observatory (@MtWilsonObs) September 15, 2020
The fire near the observatory was also threatening to destroy nearby broadcast towers that were valued around $1 billion.
“It has gone around Mount Wilson, it is heading to the northwest,” announced Red Cross Press Information Officer Larry Smith. “Although, it has bumped 39 over on the northeast side and has actually crossed the two as well on the north.”
Around 1,200 personnel have been deployed to combat the fire. So far, the blaze has burned more than 50,000 acres and is 3-percent contained.
#BobcatFire At Mt. Wilson, isolated patches of the fire ran up towards the compound, however, firefighters’ containment lines continue to hold. Meanwhile, firefighters in the Monrovia area, reinforced containment line and ensured the previous day’s burning operation had cooled. pic.twitter.com/Qd584eJs5z
— Angeles_NF (@Angeles_NF) September 17, 2020