Brush fire burning on Southern California's Mount Wilson

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Crews are on the scene of a small but growing brush fire northeast of Los Angeles near communications towers and the historic observatory on Mount Wilson.

Robert Diaz of the Los Angeles County Fire Department says flames that broke out just before 4 a.m. Tuesday are threatening the observatory near the 5,710 foot (1,740 meter) peak. Officials say the observatory has been evacuated and the fire is not burning near foothill residences.

Crews are aided by light winds and cool morning temperatures. Helicopters began making water drops after the sun started rising. Firefighters getting help from water-dropping aircraft are also aided by light morning winds. The glow of flames is seen across parts of Los Angeles and surrounding valleys.

The blaze was initially estimated at around 5 acres, but it steadily expanded as flames chewed through dry brush.

The glow of flames is seen across parts of Los Angeles and surrounding valleys.

The fire's not burning near foothill neighborhoods but firefighters will try to protect the communications center and observatory near the 5,710 foot (1,740 meter) peak.

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