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Authorities Report 'Nearly All Active Flames' Are Now Out In Fire Near Griffith Observatory

Smoke rises near the Griffith Observatory behind the "House of Pies" sign in Los Feliz
A view of smoke near the Griffith Observatory from Los Feliz
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A brush fire that appears very close to the Griffith Observatory had officials evacuating the historic landmark, as well as popular hiking trails in the area as firefighters quickly worked to put it out.

Authorities reported that "nearly all active flame has been eliminated and forward progress stopped after one hour and twelve minutes."

By then the fire had burned about six acres. Los Angeles Fire Dept. officials said 92 firefighters were working on the incident.

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Climate Change

Fires are a critical part of the landscape in the Western U.S., but according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment, “the area burned by wildfire from 1984 to 2015 was twice what would have burned had climate change not occurred.” Put simply, hotter, drier conditions throughout more of the year have made fuels more susceptible to burning across the state.

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