The fire "knocks on the door" of the historic Los Angeles observatory

A firefighter watches the Bobcat Fire burning on hillsides near Monrovia Canyon Park in Monrovia California. — AFP

Authorities said that dry fuels continue to be a risk factor, and increased fire activity over the next couple days is expected. "Our two big telescopes are historically significant and irreplaceable", Meneghini said. On September 13, Deadline reported, the fire began to pose a threat to the Mount Wilson Observatory, which is home to 60-inch and 100-inch telescopes.

The Bobcat fire, which started September 6, remains at 3% containment and has grown steadily in multiple directions.

Officials say the fire's spread in multiple directions is caused by a combination of bone-dry vegetation and rugged topography that makes it hard to fight.

U.S. Forest Service officials will decrease some fire restrictions in certain areas of the White River National Forest on Friday, Sept. 18. In the nearby Cooper Canyon area, air tankers have been deployed to help contain a large spot fire north of Highway 2.

A virtual meeting was planned for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, involving Bobcat Fire Unified Command representatives, which will provide an update and answer questions. Evacuation orders for portions of Arcadia and Sierra Madre were lifted Wednesday, although residents are being urged to stay vigilant and alert should fire conditions change.

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The Pasadena Humane Society said animal control workers would be stationed at the Red Cross evacuation zone to assist with the transport of displaced pets to the Pasadena Humane shelter.

"The area around Mount Wilson and the southwestern edge of the fire remains active where crews continue to protect the Mount Wilson Observatory infrastructure", fire officials said Wednesday night. Crews were able to keep the blaze from reaching the observatory Tuesday, when flames came within 500 feet of the structure, but officials say they are not out of the woods yet. The firefighters are continuing to protect Mt. Wilson as the blaze, called the Bobcat Fire, is not yet well contained. We fact check everything and rely only on information from credible sources (think fire, police, government officials and reporters on the ground).

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Wednesday 17,000 firefighters were still battling 25 major fires and the state's death toll stood at 25.

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

A previous online meeting left some frustrated when it was capped at 500 participants, so the latest session will be live-streamed on YouTube for anyone who can not join via Zoom, Mitchell said. Officials had earlier estimated full containment by October 15 but revised that date on Sunday.

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