LAFD Evacuated And Saved Griffith Observatory, A Hollywood Landmark On Tuesday

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The landmark Griffith Observatory, a popular tourist attraction in the hills overlooking Los Angeles, was evacuated on Tuesday due to a brush fire near the facility in a corner of the surrounding park, authorities said.la-fire-griffith

The blaze erupted shortly after 2 p.m. PST (2100 GMT) and quickly charred at least 25 acres  of drought-parched chaparral and grass in the southeastern section of Griffith Park at the edge of the observatory grounds, fire and museum officials said.
The flames posed no immediate threat to the historic observatory building, situated on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood, or to any nearby homes, according to city fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey.
But he said authorities decided to evacuate the site “out of an abundance of caution.” A pall of smoke from the blaze was visible throughout much of the surrounding metropolitan area.
About 600 to 700 visitors and staff were in the building at the time, observatory museum guide Juan Gutierrez told Reuters by telephone.
The Los Angeles County Fire Dept. knocked down the fire within hours.  No injuries were reported from the fire, which followed a weekend heat wave that baked Los Angeles and much of the rest of Southern California, causing widespread power outages and contributing to a destructive wildfire in Santa Barbara County.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Reuters
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