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Fire Burning In Angeles National Forest Near Mt. Wilson Observatory

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A brush fire broke out in the Angeles National Forest near Mt. Wilson Observatory at around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday morning and had consumed roughly 30 acres by 11 a.m.

There are approximately 300 personnel currently working to put out the blaze, with support from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the Bureau of Land Management and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, according to Maria Holguin, a spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service. Holguin told LAist that the Observatory's employees and caretaker had been evacuated.

No injuries have been reported, according to City News Service. Twenty structures are currently threatened, including some telecom towers, according to an Angeles National Forest spokesperson. Mt. Wilson houses critical broadcast and communications antennas for the Southern California region, according to KPCC.

Eaton Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center in Pasadena has been closed until further notice due to the fire.