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The forest fires raging through the U.S. west coast are continuing to threat constructions and lives. Firefighters have just saved the famed Mount Wilson Observatory, located just one hour drive from Los Angeles, by waging an all out defense.
The Bobcat Fire in Southern California continues to threaten local communities in the San Gabriel Valley, and evacuations have remained in place for several cities surrounding the Angeles National Forest, where nearly 17,000 hectares have been charred. And as of Wednesday morning these fires were contained by only three percent.
On Tuesday, the fires had come dangerously close to the Mount Wilson Observatory -- a famous historic site where several scientific discoveries have been made. The blazes were as close as a couple of hundred meters away from the observatory -- which also hosts an estimated one billion U.S. dollars worth of transmission towers serving TV, radio and government agencies.
All of that seem to have been spared for now by crews who set off back fires near the observatory, and created barriers using hand crews and dozer lines to prevent flames from reaching the area.
In other parts of California, and other west coast states, there are still dozens of active fires. Among the largest, the North Complex is now at 39 percent containment, after becoming the eighth-largest fire in state history. And officials announced on Tuesday that so far this year, California fires have burned through more than 1.3 million hectares statewide, an area larger than the state of Connecticut.
According to the latest official report, 4,200 structures have been destroyed so far in California, and tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes. California Fire has reported that over 16,600 firefighters are battling blazes statewide, but persistently dry conditions will continue to pose a challenge.