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LA’s famous observatory evacuated during park wildfire

July 11, 2018
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Water dropping helicopters fly over the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles as a wildfire burns along the hillsides sending up huge plumes of smoke visible throughout the city Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Los Angeles Fire Department officials say the fire damaged some cars parked in area but nobody was hurt. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say more than 2,000 people have been evacuated from the famous Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and its surrounding park because of a wildfire.

The blaze erupted Tuesday afternoon on the hillsides of Griffith Park near the Hollywood Hills.

Fire officials say the fire damaged some cars parked in area but nobody was hurt.

The blaze has burned about two dozen acres of dry brush but its forward spread is stopped and crews have it nearly surrounded. Water-dropping helicopters are aiding firefighters on the ground.

At its peak, the fire sent up a huge plume of smoke visible throughout the city.

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