California firefighters give it their all to save homes and lives
LOS ANGELES (US) – Crews were on Tuesday struggling to protect homes and the famed Mount Wilson Observatory from the biggest and most dangerous wildfire California has witnessed.
The rapid spread of the Bobcat Fire, which broke out September 6 in the Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles, has left law enforcement officials in a state of worry to call for new evacuations on Monday evening.
The Mount Wilson Observatory, which was once home to the largest operational telescope in the world, said that almost all the forest around it had burned.
Firefighters continued to keep the Bobcat from getting into containment lines near the observatory overnight.
The fires, some scientists say are proof of climate change, and have ruined some 6,100 homes and other structures and killed 26 people, three of them firefighters.
Oregon and Washington saw another 2 million acres getting burned during an outbreak of wildfires, destroying more than 4,400 structures and claiming 10 lives.
With more than 109,000 acres burned, the Bobcat Fire has now went on to become one of the largest wildfires recorded in Los Angeles County history.
Five of California’s 20 largest blazes on record have occurred this year.