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The fire doubled in size due to the high temperatures over the weekend. They warn that it is one of the largest fires in the history of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles is on alert for a fire that progresses uncontrolled in the National Forest, northeast of the city, for two weeks.

The fire doubled in size due to the high temperatures that were registered during the weekend and forced to evacuate more residents of the area.

Authorities in southern California believe that this fire, dubbed the “Bobcat Fire”, is already one of the biggest fires in Los Angeles history after exceeding 40,000 hectares, about 105,000 acres, of which they have only been able to contain 15%.

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

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

“Around the Bobcat Fire it’s still quite dry hot, there will be gusts of wind in the afternoon and at night, “meteorologist David Sweet told the Los Angeles Times.

Wind gusts could increase throughout the week, preventing 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 that forced authorities to send alerts for poor air quality.

The Los Angeles fire also worries about proximity to residential areas, the rest of the outbreaks in northern California and the state of Oregon are still active.

The most important of all, known as the August Complex, has been able to contain 34% of the more than 355,000 hectares that burn in a mountainous area that is very difficult to access for extinction tasks.

Some 19,000 firefighters are working throughout California to prevent the expected winds from further uncontrolled the fires, which have devastated an area equivalent to almost the entire territory of Puerto Rico and left at least 26 fatalities, including three firefighters .

With information from EFE.

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