Historic Mount Wilson Observatory survives close call with Southern California’s Bobcat Fire

The southern-facing HPWREN live webcam on the Mount Wilson Observatory took this image at 7:51 p.m. PDT on Sept. 17 (0251 GMT on Sept. 18), and it shows activity associated with the Bobcat Fire. (Image credit: Mount Wilson Observatory)

A wildfire is at the doorstep of the historic 116-year-old Mount Wilson Observatory in Southern California.

The Bobcat Fire began on Sept. 6 near Cogswell Dam in Angeles National Forest, according to the Los Angeles Times. This unrelenting fire has spread over more than 60,557 acres and is 15% contained, as of early Friday (Sept. 18), according to an update published by the Incident Information System shortly before midnight Pacific Daylight Time.

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