Brush fire prompts closure of Griffith Observatory

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 11, 2018

The landmark Griffith Observatory, a popular tourist attraction in the hills overlooking Los Angeles, was evacuated on Tuesday due to a brush fire that scorched a nearby swath of the surrounding park, authorities said.

The fire, which began shortly after 2 pm northwest of the observatory, blackened about 10 acres, according to the L.A. Fire Department.

No injuries were reported.

Authorities, however, made a decision to evacuate the site "out of an abundance of caution", Humphrey said.

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About 600 to 700 visitors and staff were in the building at the time of the evacuation, observatory museum guide Juan Gutierrez told Reuters by telephone.

A notice on the observatory's website says the "grounds, roads, lots and trails and the areas around the Greek Theatre and Western Canyon will also be closed".

Two firefighters were assessed for exertion-related complaints, and one was taken to a hospital for further evaluation, fire spokesman Brian Humphrey said. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

It's not clear whether the observatory will reopen Thursday. Left blind and disfigured, she divorced him.

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