The fire that has been raging out of control for two weeks in the Los Angeles National Forest, northeast of the city, doubled in size due to the high temperatures over the weekend and forced more residents to evacuate.

Southern California authorities believe that this fire, named Bobcat, is already one of the largest fires in the history of Los Angeles after exceeding 105,000 acres, of which only 15% have been able to be contained.

In addition to forcing the evacuation of a good number of homes on the outskirts of the city, the flames once again threaten the survival of the Mount Wilson Observatory, a 116-year-old space observation structure from which scientists like Edwin Hubble worked and which for decades was the most important telescope in the world.

While conditions improved last week, the work of the more than 1,700 firefighters in the area has been hampered after several days of high temperatures in a dry climate with faster winds.

Gusts of wind could increase throughout the week, impeding containment efforts and spreading poor air quality in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, where more than 13 million people live.

Last week, this same fire caused a layer of dusty haze throughout the area, forcing authorities to issue warnings of poor air quality.

Recommendations such as not exercising outdoors, closing sales, and avoiding outdoor exposure as much as possible continue to be especially important for residents in the northeastern part of the county, in the towns of Pasadena, El Monte and Juniper Hills.

In the latter, dozens of people still do not know when they will be able to return to their homes while others know their homes have been engulfed in flames.


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