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Wildfire prompts evacuation of Mt. Wilson Observatory and threatens communication towers

Wildfire prompts evacuation of Mt. Wilson Observatory and threatens communication towers

Authorities evacuated at least a dozen people from Mt. Wilson on Tuesday morning as a 30-acre wildfire burning in the San Gabriel Mountains threatened to damage the historic mountaintop observatory and an array of television broadcast towers, according to officials.

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The fire broke out at 3:54 a.m., somewhere below the parking lot of Mt. Wilson Observatory, and the cause is still under investigation. It was 5% contained as of 10 a.m., Angeles National Forest officials said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials evacuated more than a dozen people from the 10 buildings in and around the observatory Tuesday morning, said Lt. Mark...

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